Leslie Hynes, spokesperson for Snohomish County Fire District No. 1, just provided this update on the Ranch Market roof collapse: “Investigators have determined the collapse of the 20-foot section of covered walkway occurred after a leak developed in the sprinkler system – most likely due to thawing of frozen pipes,” Hynes said. “The weight of the water that built up in the roof overhanging the walkway caused the supports to give way and collapse.”
All business in the Ranch 99 Market strip mall are open Friday except for a nail and hair salon with an entrance located in the area where the collapse occurred, Hynes said. Structural damage to the building is estimated at $20,000.