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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Civilian Injured in Residential Garage Roof Collapse

At about 11:45 AM, Tuesday, February 9, 2010, Prince George’s County Firefighters and Paramedics responded to a 911 call reporting a roof collapse of a residential garage at 11012 Croom Road in Upper Marlboro. An adult male had been attempting to remove snow from the pitched roof of his garage and had just exited the roof area when the collapse occurred. The adult male, in his 60’s, was thrown from a ladder about 20 feet and sustained potentially serious injuries.

Paramedics are transporting the male to a Trauma Center for evaluation and treatment of his injuries. The garage sustained significant structural damage.

The Fire/EMS Department is aware of the dangers of heavy snow accumulation on roofs of residential and commercial structures and shares our citizens concerns. However, our primary concern is with your safety and welfare. The safest manner to deal with these occurrences is to contact a professional roof contractor to remove the snow.

Citizens and residents should not venture on to roofs attempting to clear snow. The additional weight of the person on the roof may be enough to cause a collapse. Additionally, there are inherent dangers of being on an elevated roof with ice and snowy conditions.

Residents should keep a close eye on their roof structure. If you see your roof sagging, hear wood breaking noises or metal stress noises – evacuate the home or business immediately and call 911.

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