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Roof rake could help ease threat to homes burdened by heavy layers of snow

Snow blanket crushing your home? Long-handled rake, hard work can clear it

Massive amounts of snow covers and, in some cases, is damaging homes in the Sierra. Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshal Eric Guevin demonstrates how to remove piles of the white stuff from a roof before the heavy load causes serious problems, on Friday, Ma
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Massive amounts of snow covers and, in some cases, is damaging homes in the Sierra. Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshal Eric Guevin demonstrates how to remove piles of the white stuff from a roof before the heavy load causes serious problems, on Friday, Ma

Tahoe firefighters say that the purchase and use of a roof rake might have saved a condo roof from collapsing under heavy snow last week.

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District crews responded to a duplex near the Kingsbury Grade on Friday morning, where about 6 feet of snow caused the roof to collapse. Firefighters found that the heavy snow load caused extensive damage.

Nobody was home at the time of the roof collapse and no one was injured.

Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshal Eric Guevin said a telescoping roof rake, which costs about $80, can be used to remove the fluffiest of snow very easily. Snow that has been frozen or packed tight by rain and melting can be much more difficult to clear.

Guevin cautioned homeowners to find a safe place to stand on the ground when using the rake. He also urged people to be aware of power and utility lines that may be overhead.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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