Structural concerns close Soldotna store

Sportsman's Warehouse in Soldotna has temporarily closed due to damage to the building's false ceiling, a second ceiling concealing the original. The extent and cause of the damage is still under investigation.

Employees were preparing for the work day when they noticed the ceiling was bulging, and some of the sprinkler heads were pushed down several inches, said Brad Nelson, Central Emergency Services safety officer.

Maintenance personnel entered a space between the false ceiling and the roof and discovered at least one damaged structural beam pushing down on the store's sprinkler system. The system had been pushed down about 12 inches, Nelson said.

CES responders shut off the store's sprinkler and alarm systems. Engineers are evaluating the extent of the damage.

Store managers informed CES that snow last week was removed from the building's roof using snow throwers. Whether the damage occurred before or after the snow was removed is unknown, Nelson said.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Sportsman's Warehouse Chief Marketing Officer Karen Seaman said structural engineers are on site to assess the damage and determine the necessary repairs.

"We are working diligently with the construction company and want to re-open as soon as possible but will only do so when we have been ensured that it is safe and structurally sound," Seaman said.

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