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Broken Roof Causes Gas Leak In Lansing

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An investigation is underway after a roof collapsed from an office building on 115 West Allegan in downtown Lansing.

It all happened around 4:20 p.m. Saturday. Officials says bricks from part of the office building fell into an alley and hit the gas main causing a gas leak. Crews arrived on scene just minutes after it happened.

"We immediately shut off the natural gas, quarantined off the area," said Steve Babcock, public information officer for the Lansing Fire Department.

No one was hurt when the bricks came crashing down. But fire officials say that could have been a different story had this not happened on the weekend. 

"We didn't have any injuries, and we didn't have anyone in the area," said Babcock.  "Had this been during the work week, I'm not so sure we would have been so lucky."

Now the attention turns to the cause of the collapse. Officials says city compliance officials will take a look at the structural integrity of the building.

"It a beautiful sunshiny day with no high winds or anything," said Babcock. " So it's a good mystery and until they can get a chance to look at it we wont know how to solve it.

But what he does know is that this collapse could have been much worse.

"We have a lot more people and there's a very popular coffee shop at the bottom of the building so the chances are huge so yeah someone was looking out for us we're very lucky," said Babcock.

Officials say businesses from 210 South Washington up to Michigan Avenue on the west side of the street will remain closed through tomorrow until the broken gas line is repaired.

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