German supermarket roof collapses under snow
7 February 2006, TOEGING-AM-INN, GERMANY - Staff and customers had a lucky escape Tuesday when a snow-covered supermarket roof collapsed in southern Germany, the latest in a series of winter failures by flat roofs in Europe.
7 February 2006
TOEGING-AM-INN, GERMANY - Staff and customers had a lucky escape Tuesday when a snow-covered supermarket roof collapsed in southern Germany, the latest in a series of winter failures by flat roofs in Europe.
Emergency workers treated 10 persons for shock in Toeging-am-Inn, an Inn River town about 50 kilometres east of the southern German city of Munich.
"It was lucky as the roof didn't hit the floor, but snagged at the height of the shelving," said the mayor of Toeging, Horst Krebes. Six staff and seven customers were in the five-year-old building, part of the Netto chain of supermarkets, at the time. All ran outside.
"There wasn't any loud bang, just a sound like you hear when snow slips off a roof," said one witness. It had been snowing for much of the night and morning in the area before the cave-in at around 11:00 a.m. local time (1000 GMT).
Last month, the collapse of a wooden roof in Bad Reichenhall, 75 kilometres south of Toeging, left 15 people dead at an indoor ice- rink.
Also in January, a steel roof of an exhibition hall in the southern Polish city of Katowice collapsed under heavy snow, killing 65, while in December a concrete roof fell on a heated swimming pool near Perm in Russia, killing at least 18.
Despite the toll, German officials say it is up to owners to keep buildings safe and it does not believe state engineers should investigate the quality of all buildings annually.
Mechthild Ross-Luttmann, construction minister of Lower Saxony state, said Tuesday it was too early to act when the cause of the collapses was still not known.
Subject: German news