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Building still off-limits after Friday roof collapse at Red River Valley Fair

Red River Valley Fairgrounds staff say they did enough to prevent roof collapse
A still photo captured from a WDAY-TV drone video shows the roof collapse on the south side of the Harvest Hall building late Friday afternoon on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. An estimated 30 out of the 67 vehicles in the building were damaged.

WEST FARGO — Officials at the Red River Valley Fair say it will likely be Wednesday before anyone is allowed to enter Harvest Hall after its roof collapsed on Friday, March 15.

Fair Association General Manager Bryan Schulz, said Monday, March 18, that Harvest Hall, where about 67 vehicles are stored for independent owners, remained off limits to everyone, including fair staff, until an official inspection could be performed and it would be safe for people to enter.

Schultz said officials contacted all of the vehicle owners, of which some are classics, to alert them of the collapse but as of Monday, how many vehicles were damaged and to what extent remained unknown.

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Schulz said a structural engineer checked the roof and building and told Schulz late Friday that more investigation was required before anyone would be allowed inside. He spoke with insurance representatives on Monday, but an adjuster was not yet available to inspect the building.

"They're busy with a bunch of other roof collapses that have happened," Schulz said.

No one is believed to have been in the building when the roof collapsed.

The fairgrounds has about 27 buildings and Schulz said crews have been removing snow from roofs, and clearing it away from buildings on the ground as winter storage was slated to end in about two weeks.

Harvest Hall is used for arts and crafts exhibits after winter storage ends.

As the West Fargo editor, Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum and oversees the production of the weekly Pioneer.
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