partner Mike DiPiro is feeling lucky to
be alive after no one was injured in a
partial collapse of the firm's more than
100-year-old office building located at
505 Main St. in Middletown. "Nobody
got a scratch," DiPiro said. "I'm thrilled.
I'm so happy no one got hurt."
the state that collapsed under the
weight of weeks of record-breaking
snow accumulation made even heavier
by a sleet and freezing rain storm.
were working on the second floor of the
three-story building on Wednesday,
February 2 when creaking noises com-
ing from above led them to investigate
the building's top floor. They saw the
ceiling sagging and cracking and
quickly fled the building and called 911.
Moments after the fire department
arrived, the roof and almost the entire
third floor collapsed, sending bricks
and rubble crashing onto Main Street.
nesses and clients, was quick to offer
help to the firm. CSCPA Executive
Director Art Renner offered up the use
of the CSCPA Education Center at 716
Brook St. in Rocky Hill to serve as a tem-
porary work space during tax season.
space we were offered, even from
competitors in town," said DiPiro.
Ultimately, the firm decided to relocate
to 213 Court St., Middle Oak Building,
7th Floor in Middletown.
ly need to be demolished, DiPiro said.
firm's file servers and computers and is
hoping to get out more during the dem-
clients that systems are backed up off-
daily offsite backup that we were able
to restore," DiPiro said. "We have been
in the process of going paperless, but
we were not fully there. Having a
paperless office and a backup would
be ideal in a fire or other situation."
website alerting the public to its new
address and stating that "Our most
valuable assets are intact! Our employ-
ees and clients."
lapse happened on the day of the sleet
and freezing rain storm helped to mini-
mize the number of people in the office.
that building," DiPiro explained, "but
because of the sleet there were very
few people in the building and very few
people on Main Street."
ently," DiPiro said. "[Spending] money
and hassle, we can all survive."
under the weight of snow and ice on February 2. Only two stories of the formerly three-story build-