Storage units collapse under weight of snow, fire dept. says

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ROY — The weight of lingering snow on roofs caused several storage units to collapse Thursday.

At 2783 W. 5500 South in Roy Thursday morning, seven storage units collapsed under the weight of snow from this week's snow storm. Roy Fire Department was dispatched, along with the heavy rescue team. Emergency responders were concerned somebody might be living in one of the collapsed units.

"We had reports that people have been in and out of there at different times of the year, so we had possible occupants, no verified occupants," said Roy Fire Assistant Chief Cody Draheim. "So we called in our heavy rescue team with the county, had them do some searches in there with their cameras."

Those searches came up empty and after interviews with the shed owners, investigators say they do not believe anybody was inside.

The units were large, and in at least one there were high-ticket items like cars and sporting equipment.

"It's a lot of stuff in there," Carol Wiggins, storage unit renter said. "I got a new camp trailer, my daughter's boat and an old Fiero that she was storing."

Two units she rented collapsed and her daughter had two more that also collapsed.

Roy officials said this is the first roof collapse of its kind in the city this year.

Firefighters advise people to watch the amount of snow on their roofs, pitched or flat. They caution people, however, to not get on the roof to clear the snow, as it can be dangerous.


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