Heavy Snow Triggers Collapse at WGAL

The winter weather has taken its toll on several buildings, including a television studio in Lancaster.

Fire officials evacuated the studios of WGAL News 8 in Lancaster around 4 p.m. Friday after a portion of the roof collapsed, according to reports.

Employees in the newsroom heard loud booms and discovered the collapse had occurred in a studio that is no longer in use.

The Lancaster Online website reported that heavy snow and ice are the cause of the destruction.

WGAL officials say no one was hurt.  Initially the station planned to do the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts from a makeshift studio in front of their building, but the WBAL broadcast out of Baltimore was on the airwaves around 5:15 p.m.

This isn't the first building in the area to succumb under the weight of the snow.

Fire crews responded to the 4500 block of Ditman Street in the Frankford section of the city around 7:15 p.m. Thursday after the porch of a twin home collapsed.

Officials say the scene was under control shortly after rescuers arrived on the scene.

The back of a vacant house on the 700 block of South 49th Street in West Philly also came crashing down around 4 a.m. Friday.

No injuries were reported for either incident in Philadelphia.

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