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Two workers escape West Fargo building after wind blows off roof

West Fargo Fire and F-M Ambulance respond to a roof collapse at RJ Corman Railroad Services at 2216 Main Ave. E. in West Fargo on Thursday, March 14, 2019. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO — Two employees who were momentarily trapped when the wind blew off part of a roof on a building were able to escape Thursday, March 14, around 3 p.m.

West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller said two employees of R.J. Corman Railroad Services at 2216 Main Ave. were evacuated by the time rescue crews arrived.

The gusty, strong north winds lifted off part of the roof on the building, which had already sustained damage on Sunday when snow caused a partial collapse of the sheet metal roof with wood rafters.

Fuller said the two employees were in the building removing equipment when the winds grabbed a hold of the rafters and sent them flying "like a giant sail" into the building. While fire crews were on the scene, another part of the roof fell because of high winds.

He said there were still concerns that the roof remaining on the southern part of the building might come loose as well.

Fuller said the incident wasn't caused by a heavy snow load as has been occurring on many buildings this past week. "There was no snow left on it," he said.

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