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.


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"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.