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Roofs in danger from heavy snow


MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) -- The collapse of some roofs due to heavy snow is a reminder for people to pay attention to their buildings.

Tuesday, Merrill fire officials responded to a roof collapse which severed a gas line at a vacant warehouse formerly owned by Hurd Windows.

Fire Chief Dave Savone says that the building will need repairs after about 10 percent of the roof caved in under the weight of the snow. “The city building inspector has been notified, and we’re sure that there’s going to be areas of that building that are going to have to be taken down and repaired before the building can be occupied by anybody.”

Fire chief Dave Savone says you should be thinking about clearing your own roof. “It’s probably the right time of the year to start thinking about shoveling off your roof, and doing it in a safe and effective manor. There’s different tools to use to scrape your roof off, or there’s professionals that come in and shovel your roof off.”

It may be a good idea to take care of your roof Wednesday. Another winter storm watch is predicting up to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow for Thursday afternoon and evening.