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Barn roof collapses

A Westlock County resident has lost several valuable personal items after the roof on his barn collapsed under the weight of this winter’s heavy snowfall and recent warm weather. On the morning of Jan.
The roof on Ray Marquette’s barn collapsed on Jan. 26, under the weight of the snow and the rain Westlock received last week. In the collapse Marquette lost several
The roof on Ray Marquette’s barn collapsed on Jan. 26, under the weight of the snow and the rain Westlock received last week. In the collapse Marquette lost several valuable items.

A Westlock County resident has lost several valuable personal items after the roof on his barn collapsed under the weight of this winter’s heavy snowfall and recent warm weather.

On the morning of Jan. 26, Ray Marquette was working on his house when his barn roof succumbed to the pressure it was under.

“I was shovelling the roof of my house off and I heard this crack, boom, bang, and it fell down,” he said.

Thankfully no one was injured in the collapse. However, Marquette said in the barn were his antique tractors, a hot rod pick-up truck and his snowmobile.

“They’re underneath the roof still,” he said, adding none of the items under the collapsed roof were insured.

After the big snow dumps the area has gotten this winter, the roof was covered in snow. The rain that fell Wednesday morning did not help either, he said.

“The rain made the snow heavy enough to put it over the edge,” Marquette said.

The only parts of the roof that remain are the two end sections; the middle section has caved in, along with partially knocking over some of the walls.

“It’s a pretty big hole,” he said.

“Like 70 feet.”