Heavy snow collapses roof at vault company

Heavy snow on the roof of the 10,000-square-foot Central Missouri Vault Co. on Route TT near New Bloomfield collapsed shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, causing debris to fall on trucks and other equipment at the concrete vault manufacturing firm.

Heavy snow on the roof of the 10,000-square-foot Central Missouri Vault Co. on Route TT near New Bloomfield collapsed shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, causing debris to fall on trucks and other equipment at the concrete vault manufacturing firm.

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — Heavy wet snow caused some of the roof of Central Missouri Vault Co., a 10,000-square-foot vault manufacturing plant near New Bloomfield, to collapse early Tuesday.

No one was in the building when the roof on the north end of the building failed, causing debris to fall on trucks, a backhoe and other equipment.

Owner Chuck McCray said workmen believe the roof collapsed shortly before they arrived for work at 7 a.m. Tuesday. No one was injured, he said.

McCray said he plans to continue operating the plant on Route TT, just east of New Bloomfield.

On Tuesday afternoon, workmen already were starting to erect a temporary wall to allow the south part of the building to be heated and manufacturing of concrete vaults for burial sites to resume.

“We can’t shut down. We make vaults for burial sites and serve customers throughout the Midwest. They rely on us, and we will find a way to still produce,” McCray said.

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