NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — A scaffolding set up outside a building in North Attleboro came crashing down during the stormy weather Friday night.
A pile of mangled metal was left on South Washington Street as strong winds swept through the area.
A captain with the North Attleboro Fire Department told 12 News the scaffolding came loose after the heavy winds caused the safety attachments to break off.
Crews responded to the scene around 5 p.m. after a caller reported seeing debris falling from the building, fire officials said. About 15 minutes after they arrived, the scaffolding collapsed.
“The sound was just — it was gut-wrenching. it was weird,” said Robert Stankiewicz, who heard the collapse.
A street light was also damaged in the collapse, according to fire officials, but no one was injured.
An employee told 12 News the scaffolding was up because crews had been working on the elevator in the building.
The department said crews will be working Friday night to clear the debris from the side of the roadway.
Fire officials said the building itself is not damaged.