Pierre Man Injured In Rain-Induced Partial Roof Collapse

(KCCR) — The Pierre Fire Department Rescue Unit responds to a partial roof collapse Thursday morning. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says units were dispatched just before seven A-M….

“Right around 6:45 am, we were dispatched out to a report of an individual that was trapped due to a roof collapse at his home at the 1600 block of East Park.  Upon arrival, we noticed the mobile home did suffer a failure at the roof.  Approximately 25-percent of the roof had come down.  The other family members in the home we’re unaffected, were not in the collapsed area.  There was one adult male occupant that was in the home, in the area of the roof collapse and did get trapped and did suffer non-life threatening injuries.”

Paul says the wet weather that has plagued other parts of the state recently played a part in the collapse…

“It appears that there was rain pooling on; wasn’t running off as it should have off of the roof top and was pooling, causing excessive weight in the area where the roof collapsed on the mobile home.”
Paul says a structure or roof collapse is rare in Pierre, but firefighters are ready…

“We do training with our Rescue Squad on urban search and rescue, which is a lot of debris removal from folks, from structures.  Thankfully this particular collapse there wasn’t a lot of removal to get to the patient.  The access to the patient wasn’t too difficult.”
Assisting on scene were AMR Ambulance and the Pierre Police Department.