Chesterland home severely damaged after roof collapse on Friday

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CHESTER TOWNSHIP - A home was seriously damaged after the roof collapsed due to the weight of the snow.

The damage was serious and will require a new roof, awning and front support pillars. The home is currently for sale.

On Saturday, Chester Township Fire Chief John Wargelin said the home may be salvageable.

After an evaluation of the home by All Disaster Services, employee Bill Mangelluzzi said, "That's a lot of snow, especially with the temperatures warming up and, it gets heavier as it gets wetter. That's just a lot of weight up there."

Mangelluzzi said there was no interior damage and the ceilings in all rooms are still intact, there were no visible stress fractures or holes.

One of the neighbors was shoveling snow off of his roof Saturday after seeing what happened.

"I was planning on doing it anyway.  I generally try to take mine down and down the side I can reach with a roof rake  once or twice a year depending on how much snowfall we get. And, we have rain coming which is only going to add to the weight of the roof," said Pete Peterson.

The structural engineer is expected on Monday to evaluate the home and determine if it is still livable.

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