Brunswick school closed because of heavy snow on roof

Posted March 04, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two days after an ice arena roof collapsed in Maine, officials canceled classes at a Brunswick school after heavy snow on the roof caused a structural beam to split.

Assistant Superintendent Gregory Bartlett said the concern is heavy ice and snow buildup on the roof of Jordan Acres Elementary School. He said the structural problem was limited to part of the building, but all teachers and students were sent home Friday to be safe.

Crews began removing snow from the roof on Friday, and will repair the beam. Bartlett told the Times Record it’s unclear if classes will resume Monday.

Wednesday afternoon, the roof of an ice hockey arena in Hallowell gave way under the weight of snow and ice. Three people were inside, and all escaped unhurt.

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