CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Crews responded to a partial building collapse in DuBois at the intersection of DuBois Street and DuBois Avenue just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 13.
According to the DuBois Fire Department, eight people were inside at the time of collapse — two workers and six customers.
The cause of the collapse is unknown at this time, however, a meter fell over inside of the building which then prompted a gas leak. The gas leak was not the cause of the collapse as the DuBois Fire Chief believes it was possible lightning or high winds forced the meter to fall over.
“We’ve had multiple calls of trees down, lines down, and then obviously the building here behind me. We lost half the building in the storm,” said Tony Roy, chief, DuBois Volunteer Fire Department. “We had a gas leak. (Wind) knocked the meter over. Clearing the building out, making sure nobody was inside. Making sure it was all clear for when they have to go in there and go to work.”
The building has been cleared and the gas leak was handled safely by the National Fuel Gas Company. Also, power has been cut to the building, and residents are asked to stay clear of the area.
No injuries have been reported at this time.
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