On Saturday, July 17, 2021 at approximately 6:23 p.m., a Utility unit from Winchester’s Friendship Fire Company was flagged down by an East Street resident who reported a vehicle entrapment. As firefighters arrived on scene, they found the metal roof of 200-220 East Street had been blown off of the building and wrapped around several vehicles, with four residents trapped in a van. Firefighters were able to extricate the occupants with no injuries, and no injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the roof damage.
Due to extensive interior water damage caused by strong storms, units 200-220 were declared unsafe for habitation by the City’s building official. Fifty-five occupants and multiple pets were evacuated from the properties. Winchester’s Emergency Management team assessed the need for a shelter, but no sheltering assistance was needed from the City or the American Red Cross.
As of July 19, the structure has been temporarily covered and the property owners are in the process of obtaining permits to replace the metal roof and repair interior damage.