Roof of Milwaukee Jewish Day School collapses a week before students return to classes


(JTA) — The roof of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School collapsed, sending steel beams and debris crashing into a classroom, a week before the start of school.

Two staff members who were in the classroom on Friday preparing for the start of the new term left when they heard creaking noises, according to local reports. Moments after they left to call security and building maintenance about the noises, the roof came crashing down.

“The entire ceiling just came down. So much so that even some people in the basement could hear and feel the shake of the boom,” Dan Tyk of the North Shore Fire Department told the local news station Fox6. “Anybody who had been under that would have suffered severe injury or potentially been killed.”

It is not known what caused the roof to give way and collapse.

“The Fire Marshall and Building Inspector from the Village of Fox Point have inspected the building,” the Milwaukee Jewish Federation said in a statement. “The affected area will remain unoccupied until a structural engineer has evaluated it.”

Earlier in the week, two Milwaukee-area synagogues called police to investigate suspicious packages. They were found to be harmless, but one of the synagogues also received a threatening phone call.

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