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Roof collapses at Jonesboro parking garage


JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The roof collapsing at a local parking garage has forced the city to look at other buildings around town.

The city of Jonesboro building official is warning other business owners to be cautious if they are in older buildings with a flat deck roof.

Chief Building Official Terry Adams said the weight of the ice forced the roof of this building to collapse so now he plans to inspect other buildings to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"There's nothing that says they're going to stay in place," Adams said.

He said Jonesboro Police called him earlier today about a building collapsing on Union Street.

"Right now we're waiting for a crew to come out and look at it, we're going to try to topple the front back in to relieve the pressure," he said. 

Adams said they want to make sure the buildings surrounding the garage are stable.

"I'm worried about the one sitting just south of it because it's another storage garage and there is no way for the ice to melt off of it," Adams said. "It's setting and building pressure up on it and naturally these old buildings won't hold that weight."

Adams said this has never happened before even during the big ice storm in 2009.

"This is the first time we've had something collapse that I know of," he said. "I'd say this one here just gave way old structure, old lumber in it and stuff like that, you know the structure left it."

But now Adams is concerned about other buildings like this one.

"With this occurring now, I'll start getting out and checking a few more the flat top buildings those are the ones that's going to hold that weight on it," Adams said.

He said he is mostly worried about the buildings that are not heated.

"That's going to give us the most problems. People need to be aware when they're in these structures especially old ones on a flat deck roof they need to be a little leery when they're going in and out of them," Adams said.

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