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Yet another partial roof collapse, this one in La Palma

January 20, 2010 |  5:31 pm

The roof of a large commercial building in La Palma collapsed this afternoon because of water that had accumulated during the storm, authorities said.

Firefighters were dispatched about 4:15 p.m. to the 6500 block of Valley View Street, where a 30-by-30-foot portion of a building's roof had fallen through, said Orange County Fire Capt. Greg McKeown.

Workers were inside the building at the time, but no one was trapped and no injuries were reported.

Although an official cause has not been determined, fire officials suspect that, as with many other buildings that are seeing leaks and roof collapses in this storm, the drains and gutters weren’t cleared adequately.

“If the roof drains aren’t cleaned out and water accumulates with the heavy rain, it gets too heavy for the roof to support and it comes down,” McKeown said.

-- Tony Barboza in Orange County

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