Heavy rain may have caused roof collapse in Reynoldsville.

Photo by Alena Stankavich

Reynoldsville emergency crews were called out at 4:33 p.m. today to an unusual incident on Main Street.

It was initially reported as an explosion and partial building collapse at 444 East Main Street in the borough, but it turned out to be a roof collapse which sent bricks flying into the Farmer’s National Bank building and blocking the alley where the bank drive through is located.

Reynoldsville Fire Chief Darren Scolese said he believed the heavy rains that were happening in the area at the time caused the collapse.

“Most likely the roof was already damaged at some point or the drains where plugged and it couldn’t take the amount of rain that came through the area,” he said.

The bricks broke a window in the bank building and caused some damage to an office, but no one was at work at the time and there were no injuries.

The alley beside the building will remain closed while officials determine what the best course of action would be to make the area safe.

The building is owned by Jack Shuttleworth of Reynoldsville.

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