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updated: 7/13/2014 9:34 PM

Glen Ellyn roof collapse leaves apartment uninhabitable

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A partial roof collapse at Parkside Apartments in Glen Ellyn has left one unit uninhabitable until work crews can replace the eight-by-six foot section of ceiling that fell in early Sunday evening, officials said.

Glen Ellyn Police Department Deputy Chief Bill Holmer said the collapse, which happened to the top floor ceiling of the two-story apartment building at 25 N. Main St., was likely caused by water damage.

The section of ceiling that collapsed was near a tarped-off area that had been worked on last week by contractors, Holmer said, and it appears rainwater either penetrated or got around the tarp and weakened the ceiling material enough to lead to the collapse.

Holmer said the residents of the apartment were home when the roof collapsed but no one was injured.

All of the building's residents were evacuated while village inspectors assessed the damage, Holmer said. Everyone was allowed to return to their apartments, except the occupants of the affected unit and the occupants of the unit below it, although the reason for that was unrelated to the roof issue.

Holmer said late Sunday night that services are being sought to assist the displaced families.

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