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Historic Chatham home collapses in storm

Chatham-03/26/14-It was blizzard conditions as snow blowed sideways through Chatham with winds approaching 50mph. A historic house being salvaged, and undergoing a rebuild collapsed in the wind at 3 Main Strett. It sits across from Chatham Lighthouse Beach. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (metro)

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A historic house collapsed in Chatham.

A 200-year-old beach house under renovation in Chatham collapsed after heavy winds from today’s coastal storm blew it off its foundation, officials said.

“It’s right across from the beach, and it looks like the gusts of wind twisted it sideways and then it started to pancake,” said Chatham Fire Department Deputy Chief Peter Connick.

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The single-story historic home on Main Street had been elevated on blocks as it underwent renovation, Connick said.

Chatham firefighters responded to the collapse at 7:11 a.m. No injuries were reported. The house was unoccupied and had been fenced off by contractors as it was under construction.

Authorities have not yet determined the cost of damage to the home. “I mean, how do you value history?” Connick said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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