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Partial building collapse, gas leak in Bethel

A partial building collapse in Bethel has been reported as a result of the storm yesterday.  The brick on the north wall of the old Vaghi woodworking building collapsed onto the roof of the Village Square building off Elizabeth Street.  The collapse also caused a gas leak.  While the Vaghi building was vacant, several businesses are in the Village Square.  Bethel Emergency Management is getting reports of many trees and wires down in town. 

(Photo: State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan)

People are reminded not to go near wires or trees on wires as they may be energized.  Firefighters and Police are patrolling the roads and taping off or barricading blocked roads.  Drivers are urged not to drive around or move those barricades.  More than half of Bethel homes are out of power.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says residents should expect several days for full restoration. 

As of 5am Wednesday, Eversource is reporting 5,827 outages, about 64.97% of town.

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