Family averts collapse disaster in Highland Falls

A Highland Falls family was trapped inside their home after an awning toppled in front of their door. (2/14/14)

HIGHLAND FALLS - A Orange County family narrowly averted a disaster when an awning trapped them inside their home.

Fire officials say a couple and their baby were inside their apartment building on 25 Mountaindale Ave. in Highland Falls when an awning toppled in front of their door.

The family had to be rescued by first responders by being taken out of a front window by bucket ladder because the collapsed awning blocked their exit.

Once out, officials used bucket ladders to check on the rest of the roof as well. “The amount of snow; the second storm, really packed a heavy snow. So anyone with an older deck, a roof, any roof, it's going to be a lot of weight on there," says Highland Falls Fire Chief Steven Suarez.

The building department will confirm the roof is OK, and the owners of the building says they're having a crew come to clean it off as a precaution.

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