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Roof collapses on abandoned building

Posted by Megan McKee  February 4, 2011 06:47 PM

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A roof collapse at a large abandoned building in Watertown on Thursday necessitated an urban search and rescue team to make sure squatters weren't inside, said Watertown Fire Deputy Chief Tom McManus.

He said the call came in for 670 Arsenal St.--fenced-off property that was formerly used to store hazardous materials--at 5:15 p.m. The Fire Department, State Police, and a HazMat team responded, and the search and rescue team used dogs to make sure no people were inside, said McManus.

Fire Chief Mario Orangio called the incident "largely un-spectacular"

"All in all, it was the best of outcomes," he said.

Megan McKee can be reached at megan.mckee@gmail.com.

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