Man killed in roof collapse during home renovation identified

Feb 27, 2023, 4:01 PM | Updated: Feb 28, 2023, 3:41 pm

PROVIDENCE, Utah — A man died Monday afternoon following a roof collapse in Providence, Utah.

The man was identified Tuesday as 52-year-old Rolando Castellanos-Briseno, last known to reside in Ogden.

Lt. Doyle Peck with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office told KSL TV that the home on 198 E. 200 South was set to be demolished when the accident happened.

When the roof collapsed, Castellanos-Briseno was working on a garage roof, removing old asbestos. Police said he died instantly. No one else was injured.

Investigators said that the roof had a lot of snow, which could have caused the instability of the garage.

“My guess is today alone dumped probably anywhere from eight to 12 inches of snow,” Peck explained. “And it is heavy, heavy wet snow, combined with the snow storms we’ve been having, and the snow hasn’t been able to melt off. There was easily 15 to 16 inches of snow on that roof. That heavy water content, it’s a lot of weight.”

First responders cleared the scene around 6 p.m., and investigators are still looking for the official cause, but they believe the fall was simply a tragic accident.


First responders at the scene. (Mike Anderson/ KSL TV) First responders at the scene. (Mike Anderson/ KSL TV) First responders at the scene. (Mike Anderson/ KSL TV) First responders at the scene. (Mike Anderson/ KSL TV) First responders at the scene.( (Mike Anderson/ KSL TV)

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement about the death of Castellanos-Briseno:

“The Cache County Sheriff’s Office has been attempting to locate family members of the individual who was involved in the fatal garage roof collapse that occurred on February 27, 2023. At this time, it is believed that this individual’s family resides out of state, and most likely, out of the country.”

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