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Roof collapse in downtown Barnesville

The roof of a downtown Barnesville business collapsed Friday night. Investigators are seeking the cause. Initial reports that came in at 8:31 p.m. indicated an explosion at the Classy Rags location in the old Big Chic building at the corner of College Drive and Taylor Street caused the damage but that theory has been discounted and the problem attributed to heavy rain. ”As of now, we believe standing water on the roof caused the collapse. We will be able to investigate further in the morning light. We have not determined a definite cause at this time,” assistant fire chief Douglas Matthews said. The building was heavily damaged and could be a total loss. - Cade Lancaster

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