The roof of the Kenai CarQuest Auto Supply store collapsed mid Sunday afternoon, sending debris through its front window and breaking the store’s fire sprinkler system.
The parking lot in front of the building was flooded with about a foot of water. The CarQuest store occupies the same building as Jersey Subs and the Thai Town restaurant at 106 S. Willow St.
No one was injured in the accident, property manager Joe Arness said. There was one man in the CarQuest store who was able to flee before the structure gave way.
“He heard the roof popping and so he got out,” Arness said as he watched crews work to shut off the water.
Arness said snow had not been cleared from the top of the building during the winter. He didn’t know for sure if the snow’s weight caused the collapse.
“I guess,” he said. “That’s really the only explanation I know of, although it doesn’t look like there was very much snow up there.”
The building is about 40 years old.
Arness said it was too early to know the total cost of the damage, but estimated it would likely be about several hundred thousand dollars. Arness hadn’t been into the building to inspect the damage as of Sunday afternoon due to safety precautions. He wasn’t sure about any damage to the Thai restaurant or the Jersey Subs.
“I just don’t know,” he said. “Things happen.”
Kenai Fire Department and Kenai Police Department crews responded to the incident.