Durango ballroom roof collapses under snow weight | AspenTimes.com

Durango ballroom roof collapses under snow weight

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Michael McCardell manager of the Iron Hose Inn looks over what's left of the 8,000-square-foot ballroom/conference center at the inn, Thursday, Jan. 28 2010, in Durango Colo. after the roof collapsed from the weight of snow early (AP Photo/The Durango Herald, Jerry McBride)
AP | The Durango Herald

DURANGO, Colo. – The roof of a Durango ballroom has collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.

No one was hurt early Thursday when the roof caved at the 7,000-square-foot ballroom and conference center at the Iron Horse Inn. A night employee heard the crash at about 3:15 a.m.

The roof collapse follows several heavy snows in southwest Colorado. Earlier in the week, La Plata County officials warned flat-top roofs were at risk because several feet of snow have fallen in the last couple of weeks. Durango got about 18 inches of snow on Monday.

Two avalanches have closed roads in La Plata County, and a weekend snowslide crashed through a house. No one has been injured.

Several mountain passes in southwest Colorado have been closed because of avalanche danger.

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