Roofs, weighed down with snow, collapsing

Officials warned property owners Tuesday about the dangers of snow piling up on flat roofs.

The roof of a horse arena in the 5300 block of Renner Road in Shawnee collapsed about 10:30 a.m. today, said Capt. Bill Hisle.

No people or animals appeared to be injured in what was in an empty section of the Covered M Arena.

Meantime, part of the roof over a metal building housing the Ash Grove Cement Company just north of Harrisonville collapsed overnight, reported Cpl. Kevin Tieman, a spokesman for the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. The building was empty at the time, Tieman said, and no injuries were reported..

Paula Hertwig-Hopkins, Warrensburg’s city manager, said her city is coping with two roof collapses, and officials in Belton reported a roof collapse at a private club mid-morning.

No injuries were reported at any of the collapses.

Hertwig-Hopkins said Warrensburg caught about 12 inches of snow last week, collected another dozen inches last night and could get up to five inches by the end of the day. She said property owners should be conscious how much snow is collecting on roofs and consider brushing some of it off if it’s possible to do that safely.

Warrensburg’s first collapse occurred about 6 a.m. at a towing company, and eight to 10 cars towed under an emergency declaration may be in the building, Hertwig-Hopkins said.

About 10:15 a.m., Arwood’s Furniture and Mattress at 801 Pride sustained a partial roof collapse, Hertwig-Hopkins said.

Also Tuesday morning, a roof collapsed into a building that housed the Fraternal Order of Eagles at 310 Main Street in Belton.

Police Sgt. Brad Swanson said that about 8:45 a.m. occupants evacuated the building after hearing noises and noticing that the roof was bowing in. About 10:45 a.m. a roof covering part of the structure collapsed. No one was injured, Swanson said. Police sealed off alleys and streets adjacent to the building because of concerns about further structural problems, Swanson said.