Swansea home in danger of collapsing

SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — Building officials in Swansea have roped off a home they fear is at risk of collapsing under the weight of heavy snow on the roof.

The town-owned property on Sunnyslope Avenue has been vacant for years, and is now surrounded by yellow caution tape.

The Swansea fire chief told The Herald News an engineer was doing tests at the home when it was discovered snow on the roof was causing the front and back walls to bow out by about a foot-and-a-half, according to The Herald News. Neighbors said it’s been leaning for years.

The fire chief said the town will hire an engineer to inspect the home, in order to determine whether it can be saved or needs to be demolished.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News they are hoping for the best.

“It is worth saving, but it needs a lot of work,” said Swansea resident Phil Martins.

“It’s a good house you know,” said Swansea resident Sam Rodrigues, “It’s got potential. I’m a carpenter I know how to do those things, I can make this thing look beautiful.”

According to the town assessor’s website, the three bedroom, 936-square-foot home was built in 1930, and is assessed at $129,000.

Now, all anyone can do is sit and wait.

“Let mother nature take it’s course,” said Rodrigues. “Let it melt.”

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