Sunday, December 16, 2007

Brighton Rite-Aid Pharmacy Roof Collapses; Market Street Shutdown Through Monday Morning

Part of the roof of the (Brooks) Rite-Aid Pharmacy at 399 Market Street (in Brighton) collapsed this evening under the weight of all the wet snow.

WBZ-TV erroneously reports it occurring at the 181 Brighton Avenue location in Allston, while Boston Police report it occurring at the Market Street location in Brighton. The officer answering at D-14 station confirmed it was the Market Street location. WCVB-TV has the correct location.

The sole customer in the store was injured and taken to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. The four employees present in the store at the time presumably were not injured.

The roof and walls of the building appear in danger of further collapse.

The Boston Police are shutting down the street in front of the 399 Market Street store tonight and through tomorrow morning. They advise travellers Monday morning to avoid that part of Market Street (one block north of Brighton Center) for their commute.

No word on how the MBTA bus #86 will be re-routed tomorrow, because it travels along Market Street at this location.

As can be seen in the (file) satellite image below, the store is quite close to two buildings: a house along Surrey Street to the west, and the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training at 385 Market Street (to the NW). Boston Police media relations knew of no evacuations, but directed inquires to the Boston Fire Department public information office -- who weren't answering their phones late on a Sunday night. [My clueless mistake! After hours BFD media inquiries should be going to their dispatch number, not the PIO office number.]

Satellite View (via Google Maps):

Street View (via Google Maps):


Charlie Denison said...

I think WBZ is reporting the wrong location. WCVB reported it as well, and they were live from the one at 399 Market St in Brighton, where the fire trucks were.

Michael Pahre said...

Thanks, Charlie. I already got the correction up -- police confirm Market Street.