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Roof of former Halifax high school caves in under weight of snow

Heavy snow caused the roof of a former high school in Halifax to collapse over part of its second floor early Friday morning.

City spokesperson Tiffany Chase said on Friday around 4 a.m., a morning security guard at the old St. Patrick’s High School on Quinpool Road, was alerted to the collapse by a ringing alarm going off in the building.

Chase said they immediately called the police, who then sealed off the property and surrounding area.

A few hours later, she said an assessment of the building was done and the decision was made to take out two sections of the wall, which was completed by Friday afternoon.

The old high school, which opened its doors in 1954, was declared surplus of the municipality and closed in 2012.

On Friday, Chase said the plan is for the building to be demolished, adding that the city has recently extended their deadline for bids from April 7 to an undetermined amount of time.

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