Cleanup continues at NC university after roof collapse

The president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University said no one was injured.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – The roof of a classroom building at a university in North Carolina collapsed over Labor Day weekend.

The construction tape lines the perimeter of the Heritage Hall at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The construction workers were on the roof of the building at the time of the collapse but were able to avoid injuries.

Alumnus Michael Duffer is among those who helped university officials save what they could on Monday.

“I only saw it yesterday. My wife and I left the church and came by, and we drove by slowly, “said Duffer.” Just a complete disaster. It made me sad, it really did. My heart just went out because I have connections here: people and my memories. ”

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The roof collapsed around 11 a.m. on Saturday. University president John Maurice said the construction workers were on the roof when it happened.

“The roof was re-scaled and they started work here that morning. The neighbors basically said they heard the building move, ”he said. “Fortunately, the roofers were able to get to the ends where it was safe no one got hurt.”

The hall housed the university’s largest classrooms, as well as the cafeteria and some academic offices. Maurice said there were no classes at the time.

“It’s our primary classroom building. The section that collapsed was our three largest classrooms, ”he said. “We could have had 24 students in each of these classrooms, so we’re grateful that no one was in the building.”

Students will continue studying in other buildings on campus, and Maurice said the nearby College of the Albemarle has offered some of its classrooms for use.

In the cafeteria, the school officials serve the meals in the gym and are working with the grocer on a long-term solution.

Maurice said the insurance company will investigate whether the building is a total loss. In that case, it could cost anywhere from $ 4 million to $ 5 million.

Engineers are working to determine the cause of the breakdown.

The roof of this classroom building at @MACUniversity collapsed this weekend. Fortunately no injuries. # 13NewsNow

– Dana Smith 13News Now (@ 13DanaSmith) September 7, 2020

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