Large portion of Aquascape roof collapsed, no one hurt
An investigation is underway to determine why a large section of a so-called "green roof" at a prominent local business collapsed Sunday afternoon.
At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Charles firefighters responded to a report that a fire alarm had activated at Aquascape, 901 Aqualand Way, just southwest of Kautz Road and Swenson Avenue, across from the DuPage Airport in St. Charles.
While on the way, firefighters were informed that neighbors had called 911 to report that a portion of the roof at the business had collapsed, said St. Charles Asst. Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet.
Schelstreet said firefighters did not mount any rescue operations because they determined through conversations with company management that no one was in the building at the time of the collapse. The last employee working Sunday departed only a few minutes before the roof collapsed, Schelstreet said.
"I spoke to him myself, and he said he was very glad to have been in his car and well clear of the building when the roof came down," Schelstreet said.
Schelstreet said a section of roof measuring 500 feet long by 60 feet wide that had been covering a parking area collapsed Sunday. He estimated the section was about one-third of the roof's total area.