Baldwinsville church partially collapses

Partial collapse of Hillview Community Church

A local church is picking up the pieces after part of the structure collapsed Monday morning.

Part of the Hillview Community Church in Baldwinsville collapsed around 5 a.m.

No one was inside at the time of the collapse. Church leaders say they are waiting for their insurance company to assess the damage, but they say the building is not salvageable.

The building is used for their coffeehouse, regional conferences and other functions.

The church's Pastor, Joe Folckemer, says it is a tough day for the congregation.

"Buildings can be replaced, but there is a lot of emotions. There are a lot of people in our congregation that are going to be very deeply hurt by this," Folckemer says.

Church workers say they will move many of the community events held at the building into the church until they can find some more space.

In recent days, the heavy snow has proven too much for other structures locally.

Deputy Chief Stephen Cavuto of the Syracuse Fire Department says in the city alone, five roofs partially or completely collapsed.

He says there are some things you can do to prevent your roof from collapsing.

"People report hearing cracking in the attic or snapping of timber, and you really need to take a peak up there and see what's going on," Cavuto says. "There are tools like roof rakes to help get snow down. There are a lot of professionals that will come and remove the snow from your house."

Cavuto also says some insurance companies will pay for a professional to check your house.

He says in his nearly thirty years on the job, the past two days have been one of the worst stretches he's ever seen for roof collapses.