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UPDATE: Forklift accident may have caused roof collapse

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Wausau police cruiser with lights on outside Covantage Credit Union. copyright 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.
Wausau police cruiser with lights on outside Covantage Credit Union. copyright 2013 Midwest Communications, Inc.

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)  We have a better idea of what caused this weekend's roof-collapse at International Packaging Corporation in Wausau. Fire investigators say just before the roof gave way, an employee driving a forklift crashed into one of the building's support beams.

The beam was weakened during the collision, and gave way as an 80-foot section of roof came apart. The roof collapse also damaged the sprinkler pipes inside the building, causing extensive flood-damage. Much of the water started to freeze inside the building because of the extreme cold.

None of the 20 employees inside the building were injured. 

It's unclear how long it will take to make repairs.

 

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WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU) There was a partial roof collapse at Graphic Packaging International on Bridge Street in Wausau. It happened around 10pm Saturday night. The cause is still under investigation.

There were employees in the building at the time of the incident. No one was injured. Workers were sent home once firefighters arrived and the area was secured.

The collapse happened over the manufacturing part of the facility, and the hole in the roof is said to be about 40-by-80 feet. The collapse also damaged the sprinkler pipes in the building, and caused extensive flooding and water damage. Much of the water began turning to ice because of the extreme cold.

The company will announce additional information on how the collapse will impact their Wausau operations shortly.

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