Winds rip roof off apartment building in Richmond

Winds rip roof off apartment building in Richmond
Posted at 4:40 PM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 12:03:24-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Severe winds during Wednesday's storms in Central Virginia ripped the roof off an apartment building in Richmond.

The building is located on Arthur Ashe Boulevard near Broad Street.

Richmond Fire said that 12 units of the building are rented but only four people were home when the roof came off. No one was injured.

One resident who lived inside the building on the top floor said that there is major damage to his kitchen and bedroom and water damage throughout the apartment.

Structural engineers gave specific instructions to not open the top floor doors, fearing the winds bloated the building and if air escaped rapidly, it could cause the aged brick to crumble or collapse.

Krystal Stallings works at a nearby sandwich shop and said the sky changed very fast and the wind whipped up the roof with ease.

She feels everyone in the area was fortunate that no one was injured.

"I am glad they're ok and I hope they have renters insurance," Stallings said.

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