Ashwaubenon hotel roof collapses in snowstorm

EconoLodge roof collapse
A section of the EconoLodge on Ramada Way collapsed Sunday, April 15 (WBAY photo)

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - Overnight Monday, the roof partially collapsed on a small building at Tetra Tech in Green Bay. It was the latest in a number of roof collapses.

A portion of the roof of an Ashwaubenon hotel collapsed Sunday morning.

The roof collapsed over the pool area at the EconoLodge on Ramada Way before 10 a.m.

No one was hurt.

“Upon our arrival here, we observed probably about a 40 foot collapse into the pool area here. Luckily, at the time of the collapse, there was no one inside,” says Chief Eric Dunning, Ashwaubenon Public Safety.

The accident happened during a snowstorm that dropped more than 15 inches of snow in Ashwaubenon, but it's not confirmed if the collapse is related to the weather.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety and De Pere fire departments responded to the call. Ramada Way was blocked off during the initial response.

“We haven't seen snow in these amounts in years, and then on top of that with the heavy moisture content. Any kind of structural issue is only going to be multiplied with what's going on,” Chief Dunning says.

65 guests at EconoLodge were relocated to the Super 8.

Right now, it’s unclear how much damage the collapse has caused.

A little while later, another roof collapsed of a building in the Ashwaubenon Business Park.

Chief Dunning told Action 2 News crews that the area was surveyed, but all that is left to do now is wait for it to continue falling.

“Whether you're a business owner or residential owner, don't be going up on the roof. The roofs have a tremendous amount of weight on them because of the water, the freezing water, and then with the huge accumulation of snow,” Chief Dunning says.

If you see water dripping inside your house, or lots of snow buildup on your roof, contact your building contractor, electrical company and/or plumber.

Above all, stay off your roofs during such severe weather.



 
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