Tuesday’s storm, which generated significant wind, was blamed for trearing a roof off a structure at 18 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Stewartstown.
Tuesday's storm, which generated significant wind, was blamed for trearing a roof off a structure at 18 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Stewartstown. (Steven Goeller photo)

A roof was blown more than 50 feet off a storage building in Stewartstown during Tuesday's storm.

About 10 p.m., a "significant wind" came through the area blowing the 15-by-120-foot rubber and wood roof off the structure at 18 W. Pennsylvania Ave., according to Chief Ira Walker, with Eureka Volunteer Fire Co.

The flying roof struck nearby electric and telephone wires resulting in close to 1,500 residents' losing power that took Met-Ed three hours to restore, Walker said.

Hill Street was shut down between West Pennsylvania Avenue and Broadway for about four hours as firefighters moved the fallen roof from the roadway to the side of the building, Walker said.

Firefighters, who were on the scene a total of four hours, also helped the building's owner, whom Walker did not identify, protect exposed possessions with tarp and covers. They were assisted by firefighters from North Hopewell/Winterstown Volunteer Fire Co.

"We had two more minor calls for a tree down and a transformer explosion," Walker said. "But there were no other calls."

York County Emergency Management Agency officials came to the area to access storm damage and talk to the building's owner, Walker said.

The building's owner has insurance, though the damage amount has yet to be determined, he said.

Building employees and area residents are helping put up a temporary roof to prevent further water damage, as there remains a chance of thunderstorm Wednesday night, Walker said.