BEND, OR -- The roof of a southeast Bend industrial building collapsed Thursday, likely under the weight of heavy snow. Bend Fire responded to the Bimbo Bakery distribution center on American Loop at about 11 a.m. and found most of the roof had fallen into the building, which was built in 1992. Everyone had safely evacuated prior to the collapse and fire crews secured utilities to prevent water or gas leaks.
The building is considered a total loss, leaving about $850,000 in damage, and Bend Fire says it serves as a reminder of the dangers of overloaded roofs from snow. Officials suggest removing excessive loads of snow from roofs safely with a roof rake or while tethered on the roof with a shovel. Watch for gas lines, roof vents and skylights and don't block exits or gas meters with snow falling from the roof. The city of Bend offers more suggestions on its website.