03/02/2015 Building Collapse / Animal Rescue Norwell MA
03/02/2015 - NORWELL, MASSACHUSETTS (PLYMOUTH COUNTY) - Just before 0700 hours on the morning of Monday, March 2, 2015 the Norwell Fire Department was alerted to a collapse at the Jettset EnDevers Show Horses barn located at 420 Main Street (Route-123). Companies arrived to find a large barn, 7,140 square feet, for housing horses with a significant collapse of the roof. The barn was occupied at the time of the collapse by fifteen show horses that are boarded there. At least ten of the horses were trapped in the debris, while five others were able to be assisted out prior to the arrival of specialized crews. Shortly after the arrival of the Norwell Fire Department, the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team was requested to respond with a full structural collapse response. The Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team (PCTRT) specializes in several types of technical and specialized rescues, including structural collapse and large animal. The team, comprised of firefighters from across the county, responded with several trailers, including the structural collapse trailer housed in Bridgewater. Technical rescue technicians from fifteen communities, along with firefighters from Norwell, worked to free trapped animals that were stuck in their stalls on the sides of the barn. Some horses suffered minor injuries following the collapse, but none were seriously injured. In addition to the PCTRT, several veterinarians responded to the scene to assist with sedating the horses, who were understandably upset following the ordeal. Firefighters from Rockland also responded to the scene and served as the RIT team for Norwell firefighters working in the collapsed building. Norwell Public Works crews assisted on-scene with snow removal and assisted with crews gaining access to parts of the exterior of the building. Police worked as crowd control and had Route-123 shut down to traffic due to the amount of rescue equipment that was needed on the scene. Many of the horse owners came to the scene to retrieve their horses and check on their well-being. All were happy to see their horses be safely removed from the collapsed building. Several horse trailers lined Route-123, picking up the horses and bringing them to other barns to be boarded. All of the trapped horses were freed, and the majority of the incident wrapped up within three hours. The cause of the collapse is contributed to record snow fall amounts that have been falling in the New England area throughout the winter. Several communities dealt with roof and building collapses due to the excessive snow fall. No injuries were reported.