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Roof collapses in EP

By Laura Bollin

The collapse of a building's roof in Evergreen Park last Saturday has left two stores uninhabitable.

The roof of the Casual Male XL store, 2637 W. 95th St., collapsed at 1:26 p.m. Saturday, according to Evergreen Park Fire Chief Ron Kleinhaus. An employee was leaving the store at the time of the collapse and was not injured, Kleinhaus said.

The Evergreen Park Building Department marked the building as uninhabitable, and likely will will be knocked down, Kleinhaus said. The roof was a bowstring truss roof, and one of the trusses failed, Keinhaus said, adding that the cause of the collapse is under investigation.

"We have to have a structural engineer take a look at the rubble to figure out what it was that made it collapse," Kleinhaus said. "There was no snow load, no water, and two air conditioners that had been on the roof for 20 years. It might have just been old age and fatigue. That building has been there since I was a kid, and that's a long time."

The Sherwin-Williams paint store next door at 2641 W. 95th St. has no obvious damage, but is closed until it is certain its roof is stable, Kleinhaus said.