Two more roof collapses at Bend storage building

Snow Load Roof Collapse

BEND, Ore. – Two more large portions of a vehicle storage and former KorPine mill building in Bend’s Old Mill District collapsed Thursday, less than a day after a big part of the Hooker Creek facility collapsed under the weight of snow with a roar heard from some distance.

There were no injuries, but they were just the latest signs that some roofs, from commercial to industrial to residential, can’t withstand the weight of the heaviest snow load seen in much of Central Oregon in 20 to 25 years. A Fed Ex building that threatens to collapse on Bend’s north end still stood Thursday as the company worked to relocate the last few dozen packages.

Other collapses around the area of late have included carports at two large apartment complexes and a large portion of the roof at a Redmond industrial building, as well as weekend roof collapses at a Tumalo youth ranch’s horse arena and the closed Woodgrain Millwork mill in Prineville..

In La Pine, the Bi-Mart store was closed Thursday morning due to a heavy load of snow on the roof. A worker said they reopened at noon after the roof was cleared.

The Bend Fire Department responded around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to the reported building collapse at 175 Southwest Industrial Way, said Deputy fire Marshal Dan Derlacki.

 Crews arrived to find the snow had collapsed a “significant portion” of the structure, Derlacki said. It was part of the 22-acre former KorPine mill site, bought by Hooker Creek Companies in 2004 for $4.8 million, and used for storage of construction vehicles and private RVs.

The force of the collapse sent debris up to 100 yards away, Derlacki said. A lone wall was left standing, with RVs visible beneath the rubble.

Derlacki confirmed Thursday that a second part of the building had collapsed, as others reported, around 10:30 a.m.

“Not all of the rest, but the western end of the remaining section,” he said.

Another collapse at the site occurred around 2 p.m.

The building was valued at $9 million, Derlacki said, and its contents worth an estimated $7 million, both of which were insured.

Due to the unstable nature of the structure, no one was allowed to enter the building’s remains after the initial collapse and caution tape was strung along a gate to the area.

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