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Minnesota State Fair crews to assess damage after cattle barn roof collapses

March 13, 2019 12:09 PM

Wednesday morning, Minnesota State Fair crew members will be assessing the damage after part of the cattle barn collapsed Tuesday night.

Crew members said they believed the collapse was a result of a sliding snow load.

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Authorities said no one was hurt and there weren't any cattle inside the building at the time of the collapse.

With one of the walls now gone, a KSTP crew was able to see damage to several vehicles and campers.

"They are older buildings," Barb Whiteis, who is on the Minnesota Horse Council, said. "There have been leakages here but not unstable."

Whiteis said she was at a nearby meeting when she saw St. Paul fire crews and Minnesota State Fair police gathering on Judson Avenue.

According to state fair police, the building is used for storage during the winter. Whiteis said the council uses the building "for vendors and for demonstrations."

"We are going to have to do a little reevaluating about space and re-locating that space for that event on the fairground here, of course," Whiteis added.

Officials are expected to assess the building in the coming days.

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