Roof collapse leaves Falls paying for demolition

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A house roof suddenly collapsed Sunday, leaving the City of Niagara Falls to order an emergency demolition.

The big question is, did volunteers working for a non-profit cut the wrong beams causing the roof to collapse?

For now, the City is paying the $34,000 bill to have the house on Centre Avenue in the Falls demolished. The City’s Director of Community Development, Seth Piccirillo says he will try to get the owner of the house to repay the city.

The home is owned by Highland Community Revitalization. It was donated to the non-profit agency last summer to fix up and resell. The Niagara Falls Reporter newspaper is quoting inspectors who believe that during fix up work, someone must have removed a load bearing wall in the home causing the eventual collapse this week.

Piccirillo cannot confirm whether that is the case, but he doesn’t want this incident to take away from the mission of agencies like Highland Community Revitalization and Isaiah 61.

“You see blatant misinformation spread, but a program that’s trying to train underemployed people in this city, if qwe want to make progress, we have to at least work together as a community and get information right if we want to succeed,” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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