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Snow load causes garage roof to cave in

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David Reid got a double shock when the roof on his two-car garage caved in from heavy snow on Sunday.

The first shock came at 3:30 a.m. when a boom made the whole house shake.

The second shock came in mid-afternoon, when the fire department came sirens wailing to his house on Garwood Avenue in Fort Rouge. A neighbour had just noticed the damage and feared it had just happened, with Reid possibly buried inside.

He was fine but his car and other belongings weren't as fortunate.

"It was 3:30 a.m., there was a huge boom like 15 people were pounding on the side of the house," Reid said. "The roof was so heavy, it pulled the walls in too."

Reid said the peaks on the roof of his house are so steep the snow has melted and run off, but the slope was much gentler on the garage, where the snow was half a metre deep.

"It was a low roof, so it wasn’t a very high peak," Reid said. "It softened the wood like a sponge. It was melting quite a lot — that’s what made the wood so soft. The roof collapsed in on itself."

The force was so great the nails holding the roof to the walls pulled out, said Reid.

He’s still assessing the damage, and breaking the news to some friends.

One had a motorcycle stored in the garage, another is in the middle of moving and had temporarily stored boxes full of personal effects in the garage.

Reid’s car had its roof caved in. "There were bikes, a lawn mower," he said.

Because the roof caved right in, there’s nothing blocking the back lane, Reid said.

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM CDT: word change

11:19 AM: adds photo

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