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Posted: Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:23PM

Restaurant roof collapse caps busy day for FD in Covington area



Officials say the manager of Wendy's restaurant on Park Place in Covington called 911 after smelling gas and reporting that the roof of the building had suddenly collapsed.

There were no injuries.

A news release from St. Tammany Parish Fire District 12 says that the recently remodeled building may have collapsed due to inadequate drainage on the roof, which caused water to pool.  They stress, however, that no definitive cause has yet been determined.

"The structural failure at Wendy's appears to be from the weight of water, since our area experienced a great deal of rain in a short time yesterday, but the cause is under investigation," said District Chief Eric Rodick. "It's very fortunate that no one was seriously injured."

Several employees and one customer were in the store at about 9 p.m.

The customer noticed the roof leaking and employees asked him to leave as a precaution.  Officials say moments later, the roof caved in.

This was one of three incidents Fire District 12 had yesterday.  They included a lightning strike and a kitchen fire.

A news release says:

At approximately 4:40 p.m., dispatchers at UniFire received a 911 call reporting a residential fire at 161 Barbee Road in the Covington Manor Mobile Home Park.  Responding units found a smoke-filled residence and two occupants who had safely evacuated.  A neighbor had extinguished the flames with a garden hose.

At about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to 114 Cherokee Drive in response to a report of smoke in the attic.  Responding units found no fire, but it appeared the house had been struck by lightning, causing spray insulation to melt.  There were no injuries.

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