Bindery roof collapses under weight of snow

LEIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The roof of a business just north of Wayland collapsed Tuesday due to snow.

It happened at the West Michigan Book Bindery and Repair in the 3600 block of 10th Street in Leighton Township. The flat roof buckled under the weight of snow, blowing out a block wall on the north side of the building.

An office area and a gas line were damaged, according to the Leighton Township fire chief.  The fire department was called to the scene after neighbors reported smelling natural gas. A leak in the damaged line was soon sealed off.

No one was at the bindery when the collapse happened and the damage is confined to small section of the building. That may be because the roof over much of it is arched, rather than flat like the roof over the damaged area.

24 Hour News 8 was not able to contact the owner of the business for comment.

The small business apparently only has three employees, according to an online review. That review praised the quality of work that the bindery did refurbishing an heirloom poetry book.

There have been several roof collapses blamed on snow in the last couple of weeks — a garage in Grand Rapids, a Noordyk Business Equipment pole barn in Walker, the West Michigan Tourist Association Offices in Grand Rapids, a Lacks Enterprises facility in Kentwood, The Stow Company in Holland Township, and a Haworth facility in Saugatuck.

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