Car dealership destroyed by storm
A building collapsed during a thunderstorm early Thursday morning.
The Moses Used Auto building in St. Albans had its roof ripped off around 1:10 Thursday morning, and other parts of the building crumbled shortly after. Multiple cars were damaged by the falling debris.
"You see and the power, the power of whatever it was, the power to just rip the roof off and obliterate that building," owner Bob Moses said. "It just shows you the power of what these storms could do. It was just so isolated and pinpointed that it’s just very unusual. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that."
The Moses building was the only one with significant damage from the storm that only lasted around 15 minutes. Mayor Scott James said there were a few trees down across the city, but it wasn't nearly as bad as what he suspected based on how loud the wind sounded overnight.
"They say it was a microburst of some sort and thankfully it was limited to a small area," James said. "There wasn’t a lot of damage from this on the resident area behind us, and I am thankful for that."
"It could have been a lot worse because if it would have hit throughout town, we would’ve had a lot more buildings like this other than just the one," James continued.
Moses employees worked to remove about 120 cars from the lot to prevent further damage from the falling building. At least two cars were completely crushed by cinder block walls falling outwards without the support of the roof.
A fence was put up around the building to keep people a safe distance away and James said the building will likely have to be torn down.
The roof blowing off was captured by the security cameras of the nearby St. Albans Window Manufacturing and Siding Company. It sustained minor damage from parts of the car dealership flying into it and some wind damage to the siding.
No injuries were reported.