Outside ceiling collapse closes Meriden department store



MERIDEN — Marshalls closed temporarily on Saturday after part of an overhang ceiling outside the store collapsed shortly after 4 p.m.

There were no reports of injuries.

Authorities responded to the Town Line Square Shopping Center on South Broad Street after store staff reported the incident.

A significant portion of the ceiling that covers the sidewalk in front of the store apparently broke away from metal support beams. Fire officials at the scene weren’t immediately able to identify the cause of the collapse. The ceiling material, which was made primarily of plywood and construction foam, did not have any visible signs of weathering or water damage.

“We were able to make the situation safe, meaning we got that large section – nearly a 100-foot-long section – onto the ground so it wouldn’t fall anymore,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Wysocki. “Because when we got there it was leaning against the front pillars.”

There was no damage to the interior of the store, but Marshalls closed temporarily as a precaution.

The collapse ripped out and exposed several electrical fixtures. An electrician responded to assess the damage and determine if the location was safe to reopen. Private contractors were brought in to remove the debris.

“They’ll be open once the contractor gives them the OK,” Wysocki said.

The store was expected to reopen Saturday night or today.

Town Line Square officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

cmetzger@record-journal.com



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