Snow crushes Stewart and Beck storage building

Steve Sharratt
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New Year's Eve wasn't a celebration for the Stewart and Beck building supplies operation near Montague. The heavy snow caved in one end of the middle quonset hut used by the business to store wood and insulation. Fire officials said the collapse occured around midnight and there were no injuries. The site has been cordoned off pending further steps from owner Mark Beck.

MONTAGUE - A storage building at a Home Hardware operation in Brudenell is the latest victim of heavy snow.

The quonset hut style facility, used to store wood and insulation for Stewart and Beck building supplies, collapsed New Year's Eve. It was one of three storage buildings on site.

"It went down somewhere around midnight I believe,'' said Montague deputy fire chief Jock Beck. "At first, there was some concern it might be a fire."

However, RCMP arrived on the scene after midnight to find there was no fire and the incident involved one end of the building caving in from the weight of snow.

No one was hurt and the insured building will be repaired.

A series of snowstorms in December has left Prince Edward Island with a thick, heavy blanket of snow causing several buildings to collapse and raising concerns amongst homeowners about the amount of weight being placed on their home roofs because of all the snow.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Brudenell, Prince Edward Island

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  • next door neighbor
    January 02, 2014 - 20:21

    It happened at 1:03am, scared the crap out of me