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Headlines from the past: Roof collapses into neighbours yard in Port Coquitlam

In a Tri-City News article from 30 years ago, a roof collapses at a Port Coquitlam home under construction.
An inspector checks out a roof collapse in Port Coquitlam in a construction mishap that occurred in August, 1993. | Mario Bartel, Tri-City News file photo

Stories from Tri-City News headlines of decades past will be a reccurring feature as the publication approaches its 40th anniversary in 2024.

Occasionally construction mishaps do occur but one that happened in August thirty years ago in Port Coquitlam caused a lot of damage — and probably created anger among neighbours.

According to the Tri-City News of Aug. 4, 1993, a roof collapsed during construction of a home on Fraser Street in Port Coquitlam.

Mario Bartel, Tri-City News’ award-wining photographer was on the scene taking pictures for the paper.

At the time, the Tri-City News shared photography resources with now-closed sister papers in Burnaby and New Westminster, as well as the Maple Ridge News.

The article and photos in the Tri-City News show a roof of a house under construction had fallen over, damaging a neighbouring house and fence.

Port Coquitlam building inspectors rushed to the scene as did PoCo fire fighters, who said no one was in the home when it collapsed.

The collapsed building buried a neighbour’s patio, much to the owner’s disappointment.

Among the files of the Tri-City News is coverage of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody councils, local crime, local festivals and events similar to today’s stories you’ll find online.

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