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Uneven snow drift causes part of Parkville Middle School roof to collapse

A section of Parkville Middle School's roof collapsed.
A section of Parkville Middle School's roof collapsed. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

A snow drift atop Parkville Middle School caused a partial roof collapse Monday night, Baltimore County fire officials said.

Engineers are assessing the condition of Parkville Middle School's roof after a section over the cafeteria collapsed Monday night, according to Baltimore County school officials.

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The roof apparently gave way under the weight of a snow drift, according to county fire officials.

Standing inside the building and looking up at the roof, school spokesman Mychael Dickerson said he could see sky above him. The damage was limited to a portion of the cafeteria roof that is above the lunch line.

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The roof was last inspected in 2012 and rated excellent, Dickerson said.

Firefighters were called to the school at 8711 Avondale Road about 9:50 p.m. for a fire alarm, and found part of the roof of the cafeteria had caved in when they arrived, the Fire Department said.

Baltimore County Public Schools remained closed Tuesday.

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