The second roof collapse in as many days left an area retailer with a mess to clean up.
No one was injured in the early morning roof collapse at the Leduc Brick location, and there is no word yet on the exact amount of damage done, but Leduc fire Chief Ernie Polsom said he believes it will be “extensive.”
The rooftop unit had fallen into the store, said Polsom, along with “all sorts of flooding” from water and snow on the roof and a damaged sprinkler system.
Many of the recent roof collapses in the Edmonton area have happened to buildings with flat roofs.
Polsom reminds the public that roofs should be monitored. It’s believed that extreme weight on the roof from snow, rain and ice contributed to the collapse.
“Everybody needs to be paying attention to their roof. Particularly commercial and larger buildings with flat roofs and rooftop heating vents or air conditioning units on them.”
David Jamieson, of General Roofing Systems Canada, says that clearing snow and maintaining rooftop drains is the best way to prevent damage.
“You got to get the snow off the roof,” said Jamieson.