No one hurt in Wyoming plant roof collapse

Authorities on the scene of a roof collapse at the Knapp and Vogt plant in Wyoming. (Feb. 20, 2014)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — About 50 employees escaped a roof collapse at a Wyoming plant Thursday night.

It happened around 8 p.m. at the Knapp and Vogt manufacturing plant located in the 3800 block of Eastern Avenue SE. An about 50-by-100-foot section of the roof caved in under the weight of snow.

A roof collapse at the Knapp and Vogt plant in Wyoming. (Feb. 20, 2014)Fifty or so employees were in the building when the roof caved in, but everyone got out safely and no one was hurt.

One employee told 24 Hour News 8 it felt “like an earthquake” as the roof gave way.

Officials said they have suspended operations at the plant temporarily until a structural engineer is able to make sure the rest of the roof is sound and the building is safe for employees to work.

Knapp and Vogt manufactures hardware for doors and cabinets.

There was another roof collapse at the Louis Padnos Iron & Metal Co. plant in the 3400 block of Viaduct St. in Grandville just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters were called there after a partial roof collapse triggered a fire alarm.

No employees were hurt. Padnos management closed the facility for the night, according to a release, and will assess the collapse Friday.

There have been several roof collapses in West Michigan in recent weeks blamed on snow.

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