1 dead, 1 in serious condition after shed roof collapse in Taylorsville

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, Dec. 4, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — One person is dead and one is in serious but stable condition after a shed roof collapsed in Taylorsville Wednesday afternoon.

Unified Fire Authority spokesman Matthew McFarland said the incident occurred just after 2:10 p.m. in the area of 4700 S. 1908 West.

McFarland said a neighbor called officials about a structural collapse in a residential backyard, after they heard screams coming from that location.

Crews responded in three minutes and upon arrival found a detached outbuilding that had collapsed. Most of the roof collapsed in one piece, McFarland said, trapping two individuals underneath.

Within 15 minutes, structural collapse technicians were able to use cribbing, airbags, and pneumatic hydraulic tools to raise that structure and get one of the victims out. That person was transported to an area hospital in serious but stable condition.

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The other person who was trapped is a confirmed fatality, McFarland said.

He added the structure was about 15 feet by 15 feet and McFarland appears some construction work was underway. An investigation into the incident has begun.

McFarland the added snow load may have contributed to the instability of the structure.

The Utah Department of Transportation tweeted at 2:30 p.m. that westbound 4700 South is closed at Redwood Road/Taylorsville Expressway and drivers are being urged to use an alternate route.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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