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Durango concerned about roof collapses

Associated PressVail, CO Colorado
Jerry McBride, AP/The Durango HeraldDurango Fire & Rescue Authority firefighters walk through several feet of snow to check if anybody was inside of a 80x110 foot metal building that collapsed on Monday under heavy snow.

DURANGO, Colorado With nearly 6 feet of snow falling in just over a month, the mounds of snow left piled on roofs has raised concerns of collapse.”Snow loading is a concern,” said Dave Abercrombie, spokesman for the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority. “Some of the structures are on the edge (of collapse).”A large vacant metal structure that housed a skating rink in the 1960s and a structure built over a mobile home collapsed under the weight of the snow Monday. No injuries were immediately reported.Concerns about the amount of snow on the roofs on Fort Lewis College prompted officials to close the campus Tuesday for a second straight day, school spokesman Mitch Davis said.”We decided it was safer to keep everyone away,” he said.The roof of the old Fine Arts Building at the school collapsed on Jan. 19, 1993, under 4 feet of snow.Last month the city received 37.78 inches of snow. So far this month, the city has received 23.2 inches of snow, surpassing the average for February, which is 14.9 inches.With high snowfall totals in the San Juan Mountains, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center listed the avalanche danger as “extreme” and discouraged backcountry travel.

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