100 Belmont Ave. residents homeless after roof collapsed

Hampden County

Dozens of residents are without a home after a partial roof collapsed at an apartment building on Belmont Avenue Monday night.

Springfield Fire Department spokesman Dennis Leger told 22News 100 residents at 356 Belmont Avenue are homeless after the roof collapsed.

“My first bedroom when you first go into the apartment my bedroom is all wet,” Yoneliz Ramos told 22News. “The bathroom you can see it on the floor the floor was slippery. Water did come down, a lot of it.”

Springfield Red Cross spokeswoman Mary Nathan told 22News they were working with the building’s landlord to sort out hotel stay for residents from 26 apartment units. 

Leger said the call came in around 8:45 p.m. for a partial roof collapse at the 26 unit apartment building after drains became clogged on the roof after Monday’s severe storm.

He said the water “cascaded” throughout the building, reaching the basement apartments. Leger added that code enforcement had condemned the building and cut the power.

Leger said they don’t yet know when residents will be able to return to the building, but one woman told 22News she was able to grab a few things from inside.

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