By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

GLENWOOD, Minn. (WCCO) — Part of the roof at a hardware store in Glenwood, Minn. collapsed Tuesday afternoon while employees were inside, according to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened around 4 p.m. at Wagner Hardware but crews remained on the scene hours later to make sure the gas was turned off and the area was safe.

Five employees of Wagner Hardware were in the building at the time. There were no customers inside at the time of the roof collapse. No one was hurt and no one is missing.

Owner Garrett Wagner said it sounded like thunder crashing down and you could actually feel the air pressure being sucked out of the room. One minute it was business as usual, the next, he and his employees are running for safety.

“The shelf blows out towards me. I run back into the back room and say, ‘Hit the floor, the building is coming down,’ I look at the screen and you can see the roof’s collapsing. So I grabbed my coat, ran back through, calling for my guys, ran out through this door, calling, making sure everyone’s fine,” he said.

When the roof collapsed, the air pressure blew the doors open.

“It felt like I was in an action movie,” said Darrick Anderson, an employee. “Just kind of getting pushed out. That sort of thing. I don’t think I’ve ran that fast in 10 years.”

Wagner said he hopes to rebuild the store but for now, he’s just thankful everyone made it out.

“It’s a miracle of God that no one got hurt,” he said.

Authorities say they believe the accumulated snow on the roof caused the collapse. The extent of the structural damage is unknown at this time but it seems to be quite extensive.

None of the surrounding buildings were damaged in the incident.

The publisher of the local newspaper, Tim Douglass, said the roof of the same building collapsed about 15 years ago.

Glenwood Police, Glenwood Fire, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Starbuck Police, Starbuck Fire, Villard Fire, MnDOT and Glacial Ridge ambulances responded to the initial call.

Comments (10)
  1. Fred says:

    They did not learn the first time.

  2. BIGDOG says:


  3. Corey J says:

    I was in that building 2 hours before the collapse…

  4. Roger says:

    Has Pope County adopted the state building code yet? Maybe should! before someone gets hurt

  5. Lisa says:

    Way to go WCCO, on coming 2 hours from the Twin Cities to report on this. Even though we have a news station 15 minutes from here that didn’t send their live crew truck out.
    Maybe this story will make people aware how snow and ice effect the roofs on buildings. Thanks again.

  6. Dan says:

    Heh. I live 3 blocks from this building, and it’s pretty weird to see it mentioned in the major news media. It’s all the more pity because while they’re a bit pricey, it’s a place where you actually get great service. I don’t remember a time when I went in there and wasn’t asked immediately if there was something they could help me find. And for a smallish store, they have an incredible amount of stuff. I’ll be shopping there as soon as they reopen just to help them get back on their feet. Stores like that are part of the reason I moved out here from the cities 5 years ago

  7. Kristi says:

    Too bad it collapsed. It sure looked like they were trying to blow the snow off the roof when I drove by there around 11:30 that same morning.

    I was thinking, too, that it was longer ago than 15 years when the roof went down previously.

  8. steve says:

    It is sad to see this happen to a new business in town. The business under new ownership had the best customer service and a better product line.

  9. Wagner Hardware says:

    We appreciate your thoughtful words in response to the collapse of our building. Please continue to support Wagner Hardware by buying online at Thank you for your help as we rebuild. – The Wagner Hardware Team