- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fire officials say a man attempting to clear off snow from his garage roof in Upper Marlboro was thrown from a ladder when the roof collapsed.

Prince George’s fire department officials say the man, who is in his 60s, fell about 20 feet Tuesday and sustained potentially serious injuries. The man was taken to a regional trauma center for treatment.

Officials are urging residents not to venture onto their roofs to clear off snow. They say a person’s weight can be enough to cause a collapse.

Instead, officials are urging residents to call roofing contractors to remove the snow. Fire department officials say residents should check for sagging roofs or the sound of breaking wood. If the roof structure seems weak, they say, residents should evacuate and call 911.

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