75 people inside when roof collapses in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Fire crews responded to a report of a fire in the 6000 block of Port Road in Groveport just after 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Upon arrival, crews discovered that a portion of the roof of a warehouse, measuring 40 feet wide and 400 feet across, had collapsed.

Initial reports indicated that firefighters were looking for someone who may have been trapped inside the building, however no injuries have been reported at this time.

Firefighters said the cause of the collapse remains unknown, however some suspect the weight of the snow may be to blame.

“You know anything along those lines is going to be purely speculation at this point, but one would have to believe that the snow and the weather conditions that we’ve seen here over the last couple days probably has something to do with it,” said Madison Township Fire Chief Robert Bates.

Up to 75 people were inside the building, when the roof fell.

A structural engineer has been called to examine the building, which firefighters said will be closed to workers for at least a few days.

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