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Discount Tire garage caves in from loads of heavy snow on roof in Fort Collins

12:16 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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FORT COLLINS - The roof of a Discount Tire store in Fort Collins caved in overnight after three days of heavy spring snowfall proved too much.

"We're thankful nobody was hurt," said store manager Kenny Burkhard, adding that the south Fort Collins location remains open with extra staffing.

Yellow tape surrounds the location at 1751 South College Avenue after it was decided too dangerous for people to enter. Burkhard said he doesn't know when the location will re-open.

No vehicles were in the garage when the cave-in occurred early Thursday morning. The building has housed Discount Tire for 29 years. It was constructed in 1965, according to the Larimer County Assessor's website.

The building has become something of a "landmark" in Fort Collins, Burkhard said, as it was used as a boat dock during the historic flood of 1997 that drew international attention.

He said business was good during the storm the past few days, and he's sorry they can't help customers at the moment. The alternate Fort Collins location that is open is at 101 Fossil Creek Parkway.

The storm dropped more than 20 inches between Monday and Wednesday.

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