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Two feet of snow on a flat roof caused the roof to collapse on vehicle bays at the Bailey's Crossroads Fire Station in Virginia. No one was injured.
Jonathan Wilson
Two feet of snow on a flat roof caused the roof to collapse on vehicle bays at the Bailey's Crossroads Fire Station in Virginia. No one was injured.

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, the weight of the snow caused a roof to collapse at a Falls Church fire station and more damage to another fire station just down the road.

A spokesperson for Fairfax County's fire department says the flat roofs on 37 fire stations have been checked and only these two fire stations so far have had trouble standing up to the snow.

Firefighters at the Bailey's Crossroads station awoke to a crashing sound a little after 3 o'clock this morning, the roof over the four vehicle bays in the station had caved in.

All the firefighters got out of the building without injury, and the department is still assessing damage to the vehicles stuck inside. Later in the morning a portion roof at the Annandale station was found to be sagging two inches under the weight of the snow.

Firefighters and vehicles have been moved out of that building. The department does not expect emergency response at either station to be affected.

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