REPORT FROM THE DOE – The Hawaii State Department of Education has opened an investigation into the cause of the collapsed roof at the Farrington High School auditorium.
There were heavy showers over the school and surrounding areas. A preliminary review by Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) officials determined the roof gave way to the weight of the water that had collected during the downpour.
“Fortunately no one was in the auditorium at the time this occurred,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We are grateful to HFD and the Honolulu Police Department for their quick action in securing the area and assisting with the inspection.”
Upcoming events that were planned to take place at the auditorium are cancelled until other arrangements can be made.
Was the roof flat or arched? If flat and the drains were plugged, only 2-3 inches of water accumulating on the roof would be enough to overload the roof structure. That load would be reduced if the stage lights being hung from the underside of the roof trusses were substantial. Somerwhere else, someone suggested that there were quite a lot of stage lighting installed.
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