Woman flees partial house collapse in Arnold

Liz Hayes
| Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 1:22 a.m.

Emergency responders were called to a home in the 1800 block of Freeport Road in Arnold just before midnight Wednesday as a result of a structural collapse.

A portion of the brick facade on one side of the house at 1810 Freeport Road fell off and the first floor was collapsing, according to Don Ferrante, chief of Arnold Fire Company No. 2.

The house is located within a block of Drey Street.

Ferrante said the 66-year-old woman who lives there was able to walk out uninjured.

Firefighters early Thursday were trying to brace that side of the house so they could go inside to retrieve the woman's dog and some belongings so she could spend the night elsewhere.

Ferrante said there was a possible risk to the adjacent homes.

Arnold's building inspector was to assess the damage to today. All utilities to the house were shut off.

There was no immediate indication of whether the sustained rains of the past few days contributed to the incident.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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