Roof, awnings collapse at several Longview businesses

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Updated: Feb. 23, 2021 at 10:29 PM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - After last week’s snowfall, metal structures began collapsing.

First there was a Komatusu dome that fell in Longview last Monday, then on Thursday after a day of sleet and snow, a building at Trane collapsed in Tyler. But all through the week many awnings and roofs collapsed under the weight of snow and ice, including a roof of a business.

You didn’t have to look very hard to see what the weight of the snow did to Longview awnings. Many just went down. And after the second snow it proved too much for the roof of Danny’s Paint and Body, according to owner Danny Keel.

“I get a phone call Wednesday evening about five o’clock. And the lady here next door said, ‘your roof fell in.’ I said, ‘my awning?’ She said, ‘no your whole roof,’” Keel said.

No one was inside at the time, but Danny had been there Tuesday.

“I had a 2015 Buick SUV in here. It did some minor damage to it. We got it out. And then I had a Chevy Pickup in here. It did a little damage to it. It didn’t destroy it or anything but it’s repairable,” Keel said.

Luckily they are a body shop so that is doable. At Highway 80 and Bill Owens Parkway in Longview the snow took down an awning overnight Thursday at another Body Shop. Bubba Watson, who runs Texas Wreck-A-Mend, says his manager was there Thursday evening.

“It was still up when he left. So within about three hours it fell,” Watson said.

About a block west on 80 at DT Motors another awning went down according to owner Tommy Ta.

“I saw it start to collapse on my left hand side; all the way to my left hand side, and it kept collapsing until it hit,” Ta said.

And that was Saturday, days after the last snowfall. He says it damaged three cars and:

“It was very scary,” Ta said.

Not because he was close to it, he says it was because:

“I was actually under the awning when it collapsed and I was able to get out,” Ta said.

He said he just backed his way out of there pretty quickly and it missed him. Ta says he won’t be replacing the awning.

The managers and owners of most of the affected businesses say the awnings will be replaced with a much more heavy duty steel framework, just in case.

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