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Crews Get On The Ground Moments Before Roof Collapse

By Stan Bush

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)- Construction workers were on the roof of an Englewood home on Tuesday afternoon when they heard it creak and begin to give out, jumping to the ground just moments before it collapsed.

The home on the 2800 block of S. Bannock Street was having its roof replaced. Denver Fire believes the roof may have caved in because the workers put too much weight on top.

Copter4 flew over the home where the roof collapsed (credit: CBS)

"My doorbell rang and a police man said I needed to evacuate," says Dale Broder, who lives next door.

Broder was remodeling her own home. She says when she came outside she, like most of the neighborhood was stunned.

(credit: Denver Fire Department)

"The problem is this house (across the street) was being demo-ed at the same time. It was loud and hard to know what was going on."

Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident. The homeowner was staying elsewhere during the construction and there were no pets inside.

(credit: Denver Fire Department)

Structural engineers from Englewood now are assessing the safety of the building to see if it is even safe to go back inside. The front porch of the home was also badly damaged and fire crews on the scene worry it may also collapse. It's not clear if the home can be saved or if it needs to be bulldozed.

Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.

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