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Hundreds of pounds of ice, snow release from Main Street roof

Heavy machinery deployed to clear approximately 30 feet of sidewalk

Kurt Simister, the fire marshal at City Hall, posts caution tape on Wednesday along a section of Main Street sidewalk after snow released from the roof of the Centennial House.
Jay Hamburger/Park Record

A large amount of snow and ice released from a decrepit historic building on Main Street midday on Wednesday, forcing City Hall to temporarily close a small stretch of sidewalk.

The snow and ice dropped from the roof of the Centennial House. It is located on the residential stretch of Main Street just steps south of the commercial part of the street. Most of the snow and ice landed on the sidewalk while the rest landed in the street.

Kurt Simister, the fire marshal at City Hall, said the release likely occurred shortly after noon. The snow and ice covered approximately 30 feet in length and between 6 feet and 7 feet in width, as measured from the roofline. Simister estimated between 800 and 1,000 pounds released.

“It’s very heavy. It could crush somebody if they are in proximity of the slide,” he said.

City Hall dispatched heavy machinery to the site to clear much of the snow and ice from the sidewalk. Simister and other staffers also posted traffic barricades and caution tape around the section of sidewalk. A large amount of snow remained on the roof after the release.

The Centennial House, 176 Main St., has not been occupied for years and has fallen into a state of disrepair.

The release on Wednesday followed in the weeks after heavy snows pummeled the Park City area. There are large amounts of snow remaining on many Old Town roofs. The Wednesday event also followed just days after a man died from injuries he sustained when a large piece of ice hit him after breaking off an Old Town roof. The man was washing windows between two houses when the ice broke.


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