Residents relocate after an apartment roof collapsed in Holyoke

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents in Holyoke had to be evacuated from their home after an apartment building partially collapsed Sunday night.

Holyoke Fire Captain Kevin Cavagnac told 22News, first responders were called to 145 Essex Street at around 8:30 p.m. where they found a large pile of bricks on the ground near the apartment. The city’s building inspector was notified and no one was hurt said Captain Cavagnac.

According to the Holyoke Building Commissioner Damian Cote, that partial collapse caused the evacuation of about 30 units in the apartment.

A section of Essex Street remained closed this morning and the bricks were still in front of the building. This isn’t the first time the city has dealt with the deterioration of older buildings. Cote explained why this has become a common occurrence.

“These buildings haven’t been maintained over the years, because of that we’re seeing an uptick in the amount of deterioration, these buildings haven’t been holding together they need to be rebuilt,” Cote said.

Cote told 22News, because there is already a partial collapse on one side of the building, there is a chance the other side of the building could collapse as well. The building’s landlord now needs to come up with an action plan and submit it to the building department.

“We usually look for that immediately within a few days of time to have it evaluated with their own contractors and give an idea of how long it will be because it will cause a closure of the sidewalk and part of the street,” Cote said.

Residents have been relocated by the landlord and it hasn’t been determined when residents are expected to be allowed back inside their homes. 22News left messages for the building’s landlord but we have yet to hear back.

Holyoke Police Sergeant Jim Bartolomei said streets are closed for the time being.

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