Lumberyard warehouse roof collapses in Schererville
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent February 5, 2014 11:56PM
Updated: February 6, 2014 2:25PM
SCHERERVILLE — A warehouse roof at Von Tobel Lumber, 751 U.S. 30, collapsed under the weight of the accumulated snow Wednesday afternoon.
Employees reported that around noon, they heard noises in the adjacent warehouse, and when they went back they found the steel beams had collapsed, Fire Chief Joe Kruzan said. Kruzan and Building Commissioner Don Moffet assessed the damage and determined the snow that had drifted along the warehouse’s northwest weight-bearing wall compromised the structure.
Kruzan said he saw that the I-beams supporting the roof “were resting upon some racks along the wall,” Kruzan said. “If they’d have hit the floor, it could’ve been really bad.”
No one was injured in the collapse, but the warehouse has been declared uninhabitable, Kruzan said. The store itself and other warehouses are still intact, however, and Von Tobel will be open for business.