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Roof Collapse Forces Building Evacuation at WGAL

wgal_roof collapseLancaster, PA, NBC affiliate WGAL has just reported a portion of the Lancaster studio roof collapsed this afternoon.

The station said the collapse forced the evacuation of the building.

>UPDATE:

Around 3:20 p.m. employees in the newsroom heard what was described as a “thunderous boom.” A portion of the roof in an adjacent studio that is no longer in use had collapsed.

Staff called the fire department who responded and inspected the damage. Around 4 p.m., fire officials ordered about 100 people to evacuate.

Further inspection revealed that a concrete support beam and slab had shifted and dropped. As a result the entire roof of the building had been compromised.

WGAL also said the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 p.m. news will still air and crews are setting up a makeshift set in front of the building.

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