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2K-pound ice block 
collapses motel roof

CRYSTAL LAKE – An estimated 2,000-pound ice block caused a partial roof collapse at the Crystal Lake Motel on Tuesday night. No one was hurt.

At 10:39 p.m., an ice block, at 40 feet long, 8 to 10 inches thick and 3 feet wide, caused the back west side of an overhang of Crystal Lake Motel roof to collapse, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Lt. Kirk Kiermas said.

The incident happened when people were not going in and out at the fully occupied, two-story building at 110 S. Virginia St., Kiermas said. No one in the 24 units had to be rescued, but the debris caused some of the exits to be unusable, so the west side of the building was evacuated.

Electricity was shut down because the collapse damaged external light fixtures, but ComEd was not required at the scene. No roads were closed, but crews were on the scene for about three hours, Kiermas said. Crystal Lake building inspectors will continue to assess the damage.

– Sally Ho

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