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Roof of commercial building in south Fargo collapses days after businesses evacuated

This photo from the Fargo Fire Department shows the ceiling sagging at 3301 13th Ave. S. Special to The Forum1 / 2
The roof of this commercial building at 3301 13th Ave. S. in Fargo collapsed early Thursday, March 14, under the weight of heavy snow. WDAY photo2 / 2

FARGO — The sagging roof of a south Fargo commercial building collapsed under the weight of heavy snow early Thursday, March 14.

The roof collapse at 3301 13th Ave. S. came two days after the four businesses in the building were evacuated on Tuesday. Fire crews were also called to the building Wednesday after the condition of the roof appeared to worsen.

Fargo Battalion Chief Joe Mangin told The Forum that the building is actually now safer that it collapsed.


"It's the safest we could make it," Mangin said, adding that the utilities have been shut off and no one was inside at the time of the collapse.

Structural engineers now need to evaluate the building, which has been tagged by city officials as dangerous and unlawful to enter.

Several roofs have collapsed after a storm last weekend dumped about 9 inches of snow on the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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