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Two escape injury when auto shop roof collapses in West Sacramento

Two people escaped injury Monday morning when a portion of the roof collapsed at an automotive shop in West Sacramento.

Battalion Chief John Muir of the West Sacramento Fire Department said fire crews were called to Eve’s Automotive at 824 E St. at 10:28 a.m.

The owner and an employee were in the building when an approximately 20-foot-by-30-foot section of the roof collapsed, Muir said. The employee was inside a vehicle when part of the roof fell and the owner of the shop was directly underneath the beam that gave way, but he escaped serious injury because the cross member of the beam fell on an automotive lift, Muir said.

Both the owner and employee were outside the building when fire crews arrived.

Muir said it appeared that one of the main support beams had suffered dry rot over the years at the point where it connected to the wall. The owner reported previous problems with roof leaks and had recently been on the roof working to repair them.

Muir said the cinder block building has a flat, paneled roof, and water that puddled on the roof during the weekend rains likely contributed to the collapse.

He advised owners of buildings that have flat roofs with drains to make sure the drains are cleaned out and well maintained, noting that couple of inches of rain puddled on a roof adds quite a bit of weight.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.