West Haven building demolished after roof collapse - WFSB 3 Connecticut

West Haven building demolished after roof collapse

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WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Heavy, wet snow was the tipping point for an old, decaying building in West Haven and caused it to collapse on Wednesday night.

The warehouse, where Superior Roofing is housed, had to be torn down on Thursday because city officials said it was so unstable from the collapse.

A West Haven building official was driving on Water Street when the town employee saw the Superior Roofing warehouse's roof collapsed and some of the walls bulging out.

"The ridge was sagging, the outside walls bowed out 20 degrees," said Ken DiStasio, of West Haven. "It's been coming down for years. The snow load just finished it off."

Eyewitness news has learned city officials were trying to work with the property owner, Larry Czajkowski, in recent years on maintenance and disrepair issues, including requests to the owner to reinforce some walls.  

City building officials said the ongoing issues were not serious enough to condemn the building.

The city said workers were allowed to go in and out to get supplies, but were not permitted to set up offices inside.

Nobody was injured in the collapse and fire officials said it appears there were only supplies inside.

"When we moved into it in (19)92, the roof leaked, we made four or five patches to it," said George Scranton.

Scranton's family used to run a tackle shop called "Some Things Fishy" out of the building when it was owned by another company. Scranton was back on Thursday watching it being torn down.

Scranton said he is hoping to grab some pieces of the old building to remember his father and his shop.

"So we're going to make a little something, so they have a memento of my father," Scranton said. "He passed away in 2010."

The demolition on the building, which was called an "eyesore" by residents, is expected to be completely down in the next few days.

Eyewitness News called the officials with Superior Roofing on Thursday, however they kept hanging up.

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CITY BUILDING OFFICIALS SAY THE ONGOING ISSUES WERE NOT SERIOUS ENOUGH TO CONDEMN THE BUILDING. THE CITY SAYS WORKERS WERE ALLOWED TO GO IN AND OUT TO GET SUPPLIES BUT WERE NOT PERMITTED TO SET UP OFFICES INSIDE.  NOBODY WAS HURT IN THE COLLAPSE AND FIRE OFFICIALS SAY IT APPEARS THERE WERE ONLY SUPPLIES INSIDE.
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