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Carport in Holland, Home in Jenison, School Building in Otsego Suffer Roof Collapses


UNDATED (WHTC) - A byproduct of the mid-winter thaw is being literally felt by some along the Lakeshore, as for the fourth time in less than four days, a building’s roof collapsed due to heavy snow on it, and for the second time in less than 12 hours, injuries were reported.

After 3 AM today, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sergeant Chris Koster and fellow deputies were called to a residence in the 23 hundred block of Basswood Street, behind Jenison High School, on a report of a collapsed roof at the ranch-style home of 81-year-old Margaret Scott and her 45-year-old daughter Karla. Rescue crews had to extricate the two women, and they were taken to Spectrum-Butterworth Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Holland Public Safety officers and firefighters responded to a call around 4 PM yesterday from the Lincoln Estates mobile home complex that said a woman was pinned and that a carport roof had collapsed on her. The woman, 58-year-old Lynette Muldrow-Holloway, was hospitalized for treatment non-life threatening injuries to her left leg at her home. She and her husband had been clearing snow when the accident occurred. Crews worked for about 30 minutes to get her free. 

Roof collapses due to heavy snow amounts have also been reported at the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds in Grand Haven and an abandoned school building in Otsego in the past three days, with no injuries reported on those other incidents. The former Allegan Street Elementary School was more than eight decades old and hadn’t had classes inside of it in nearly seven years. An Otsego man had purchased the building last year after a Kalamazoo group tried and failed to convert it into a Catholic liberal-arts college. 

Diane E. Coston contributed to this story