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Roof of Burbank warehouse collapses, forcing evacuations

Roof of Burbank warehouse collapses, forcing evacuations
Adjacent to a larger roof collapse in a local warehouse, this office space was also damaged. No one was allowed to enter the area of the larger roof collapse. (Raul Roa / Burbank Leader)

The roof of a warehouse in Burbank collapsed Friday, rupturing a gas line Friday morning, and forcing an evacuation.

The warehouse, at 3083 Lima St., is part of a block-long, one-story building that also houses three other businesses, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said.

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The roof collapse caused an estimated 40-by-40-foot hole and broke a gas line, and 10 to 20 people working in the adjacent offices had to evacuate the building, he told the Burbank Leader.

"The roof is actually on the floor," Hendrickson said, adding that rain was falling into the building.

Just after 9 a.m., tenants working in the adjacent office called the fire department after smelling gas, Hendrickson said.

"There's a lot of investigating to do before they're going to allow people back into the building," Hendrickson said.

No one was reportedly in the warehouse – which is apparently used for storage – when the roof collapsed.

A damage estimate was not immediately available as officials investigated the cause of the collapse.

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Alene Tchekmedyian is a staff writer for Times Community News.

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