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No injuries as snow collapses Bridgewater school roof

The roof of the George H. Mitchell Elementary School in Bridgewater collapsed Tuesday afternoon under the weight of accumulated snow, officials said.

The collapse of the roof above the school's central wing came even as workers were busy clearing snow off another section of the school roof, Bridgewater Fire Captain Ray Wilcox said.

"It was just the weight of the snow," Wilcox said.

Members of the janitorial staff were in the school at the time of the collapse, but no one else was there because the school is closed for vacation this week.

No one was injured in the collapse.

The roof over one classroom caved in, causing extensive damage, officials said. Structural engineers will assess the South Street building Wednesday and make recommendations for repairs.

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The town of Bridgewater has received nearly 4 feet of snow since the beginning of February, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton.

Crews at other schools in the area are clearing snow off roofs and the fire department has received a spate of calls from concerned residents and businesses, Wilcox said.

Wilcox said roof collapses have also occurred in Bridgewater at a nail factory, a brick factory, and a lawn care service.


Jennifer Smith can be reached at jennifer.smith@globe.com