Part of a roof collapsed on a duplex in Fruita.
Authorities say sometime Sunday afternoon, the roof over a master bedroom in the Drumlin Circle home caved in, leaving only the shingles in tact. It was discovered by a woman and her two daughters who rent the space when they came home from church.
The Lower Valley Fire Department and Fruita Police were called out the scene just before 3:00 Sunday afternoon, and evacuated both sides of the duplex. Officials say no one was home in either side when the roof collapsed.
Fire officials believe a swamp cooler is to blame for the collapse. They say the water running to the cooler was never turned off, and as a result several pipes in the home froze. The frozen pipes continued to expand until they burst, causing the roof to fall.
Crews allowed the family to briefly go inside and retrieve a few items.
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