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High winds knock down scaffolding on S. Washington Street

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A scaffolding on S. Washington Street that was set up for repairs to an elevator was knocked down Friday evening due to high winds. Courtesy photo

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A scaffolding structure on South Washington Street was knocked down by a windstorm Friday night.

The structure, located on 22 South Washington St., collapsed after strong winds over 25 miles per hour loosened the safety attachments.  The scaffolding was erected to fix the elevator in the North Attleborough Housing Department building, which is located at the scene of the accident.

According to a spokesman from the North Attleborough Fire Department, a call was received at 5 p.m. from a passerby in the area reporting debris falling from the scaffolding and building.   The department responded quickly to the call, but 15 minutes after their arrival, the structure collapsed.

“Fortunately, no one was hurt,” the spokesman said.  “No one was in the building and no firefighters were harmed.”

The building was not damaged during the accident as the metal fell towards the street. A streetlight, however, received minor damage. The department spokesman said no people on the street were harmed.

As of Saturday night, the North Attleborough Fire Department has cleared up most of the debris from the area.

The North Attleborough Housing Authority did not respond to a comment regarding the incident.