UPDATE: Roof of Huntington apartment building partially collapses; 15 people displaced

Published: Sep. 17, 2018 at 12:42 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/17/18 @ 5:50 p.m.

Fifteen people found out they’ll be moved into different places to live after a roof collapse at the Simms School Apartments Monday morning.

Mark Jarrett, the agency administrator for the Housing Development Corporation, tells WSAZ the building has been condemned, and the tenants will not be moving back in.

He says they’re working on leases and finding places for those tenants to be moved to. The agency is also working on moving the tenants’ belongings.

The old Simms School now houses 12 apartments, as well as the Meals on Wheels program.

Jarrett says the insurance company will be looking into what happened.


Part of a building collapsed under the weight of water in Huntington, forcing people from their apartments.

The old Simms School now houses 12 apartments, as well as the Meals on Wheels program.

Firefighters had to evacuate the building Monday after the roof over a balcony caved in.

No injuries were reported and the apartments are OK.

Around 9:30 a.m. the roof gave a pretty good indication that it was about to fall. Patti Lemaster lives in the building and said, "One of the rafters had collapsed and I told a girl - she was out there trying to get her plants in from the porch - I said, 'Don't go out there,' and it all came down."

Deputy Fire Chief Rodney Wren said they called in American Electric Power to cut off the electricity. That will allow emergency crews to go through the building to determine if those who live there can go back inside their apartments safely.