Officials investigate cause of Milford house collapse
MILFORD - A shoreline house that was being raised onto concrete pilings, suddenly shifted, causing it to tilt and and collapse Monday afternoon.
The one-story house being raised at 24 Cooper Ave. was so badly damaged it had to be demolished.
A worker on the site injured his right arm and was taken to Milford Hospital.
Fire officials said when the house was being raised and moved from wooden onto permanent concrete pilings, its support system failed.
After being tilted with most of the house hanging precariously, officials ordered the house to be taken down and demolished.
Neighbor Joe DiCocco told WTNH that “we heard the boom when it shifted, it moved back and shifted and tilted. Within 10 minutes, the Bobcat came and tore it down.”
“That house got hit three times with floods: In ’92, with Irene, with Sandy,” DiCocco said. “It was on the ground, then they decided to jack it up so the supports gave out after a time.”
Cooper Avenue is off East Broadway, near Silver Sands State Park.
Many homes in the area have been raised after storms cause damage from flooding and strong waves.
The house that collapsed was built it 1953. The current owners purchased the house in 2016 for $250,000.
It as 984 square feet of living area, according to Milford property records.
The records say the replacement cost for the house is $140,772.