(State House News Service) -- Part of the roof of the old Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester collapsed on Wednesday morning, according to the Boston Fire Department. No injuries were reported and gas to the building was shut off, the department said.

"This building is not occupied and is slated for demolition this summer," the department said in a Twitter post.

Roof collapses have become a frequent occurrence in Massachusetts following a battery of winter storms. According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management agency, there have been 188 reports of collapsed or damaged buildings since Feb. 9.

The University of Massachusetts bought the former Bayside building in 2010 for $18.7 million. The property had 275,000 square feet of exhibition space as well as 20 acres of parking, which UMass Boston, located down the street, started using as it started building new academic buildings.


A report commissioned by UMass after its purchase of the building recommended repairs.

"We recommend complete replacement of the existing roofs as they are beyond [their] useful life and are currently leaking," staffers with Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc., wrote, according to the Dorchester Reporter.

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