Part of roof collapses at New Bedford supermarket

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Part of a supermarket’s roof collapsed at a New Bedford shopping plaza on Hathaway Road Saturday afternoon, breaking a gas line and forcing the evacuation of several stores.

District Fire Chief David Cooper said a 25-foot section above the loading area of the Price Rite Supermarket’s caved in around 3 p.m. It damaged gas and water pipes, along with the building’s electricity.

Cooper said about 100 people were in the Price Rite and the stores next door when the collapse happened. Police and firefighters evacuated the building and the other stores in the plaza as a precaution. No one was injured.

According to Cooper, water had built up on the roof in the rear of the building, likely because of clogged storm drains.

A Price Rite employee told Eyewitness News that the store reopened to the public and ran normal business hours on Sunday.

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