Owner ‘never expected’ roof collapse due to snow

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Another roof collapse at a West Michigan business is being blamed on snow.

It happened late Sunday morning at LFG Technologies on East Michigan Avenue in Comstock Township, east of Kalamazoo.

The roof of a pole barn collapsed in Kalamazoo. (Feb. 16, 2014)The owner of the building came by shortly after the cave-in to take a look at the damage. He has even more concerns looking ahead.

“I don’t think anyone plans for this,” owner Jeffrey Rogers said.  “You never expect to see the walls of your building come crumbling down.”

No one was inside the building when the roof came down and no one hurt.

There was significant damage to the storage portion of the building, where LFG Technologies keeps bicycles they give to children in need.

The roof of a pole barn collapsed in Kalamazoo. (Feb. 16, 2014)

The roof of a pole barn collapsed in Kalamazoo. (Feb. 16, 2014)

That isn’t the building’s primary use. LFG Technologies provides energy solutions for companies.

“It all comes crashing down. I guess it proves how precious life is. Something as simple as snow can do something this devastating,” Rogers said.

There was still snow on the building’s roof Sunday and more snow is in Monday afternoon’s forecast.

“Helpless to know that there’s not really anything I can do to save it at this moment in time. I don’t feel safe to put anyone up on that roof at this moment in time to try to shovel it off,” Rogers said. “We’re just going to rely on prayer and see what comes.”

There were three boats in that storage area. Rogers estimates the damage to those alone is about $20,000, and the damage to building is likely tens of thousands of dollars more.

In the last couple of weeks, there have been several roof collapses in West Michigan that were likely due to snow. There were two on Saturday alone: One at a Comstock Township storage facility and another at a garage in Wyoming.

No one has been hurt in any of the incidents.

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