• Sweden's news in English

Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 1 Mar 2010, 14:42

Published: 01 Mar 2010 14:42 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Police were called to the Ica Maxi superstore in Kristinehamn at around 12.45pm on Monday in response to reports that the roof had caved in, according to a report in local newspaper Nya Wermlands-Tidningen.

"It does not seem that anyone was hurt but a police sniffer dog has been called in to search the ruins," Lars Eidwall at the emergency services told the newspaper.

The store was immediately evacuated by staff and customers after the collapse, which affected around a third of the roof surface area. Four to five workers were on the roof at the time busy removing the large build-up of snow presumed to be the reason for the collapse.

The workers were able to throw themselves free from the roof in time to avoid being drawn into the wreckage at the entrance to the store.

Story continues below…

According to preliminary reports from the scene, there have been no reported injuries. Shocked staff and customers are being cared for at the parish hall in Kristinehamn.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

16:01 March 1, 2010 by kenny8076
wow great headline picture?!?!?! would have loved to actually seen what it looked like!!!
17:53 March 1, 2010 by Glempa
Are these roofs collaspes due to self-regulation by the builders, or is just because of excessive snow?

If it is due to self regulation, then these people should be proscecuted. If it is because of excessive snow, and no roof could stand this amount of snow, then why aren't people aware of this. Someone needs to be held responsible, as it has been pure luck that no one has been killed yet!
19:14 March 1, 2010 by Keith #5083
#Glempa - I am with you. I wouldn't find it unusual that roofs collapse under snow in,hmm, Jamaica? Martinique? Maybe even Florida. But, this IS Sweden is it not? These are PUBLIC buildings, like supermarkets, sports halls, etc.

It is time for Bygningskontrol and the government to revise the specification standards to accommodate extreme weather conditions in this supposed age of 'global warming'.

There is something fundamentally wrong in roof specs when this can happen. Materials calculations and consequent stress/load specs are failing to meet the conditions.

Prosecutions would be meaningless if the kontroll specs themselves are too 'finely calculated'. A margin of at least 50% extra in materials strength would not be excessive. In Sweden the materials cost is roughly only 33% of building cost - the rest being labour,design,consultancy, etc. costs.

It is to be most sincerely hoped that no-one is killed - it's a disgraceful way for society to learn a lesson.

If you are going to buy a house, build a building, a well-angled roof is a pretty good idea and snow cannot build up on it to any great thickness.Plus, if it's black, then what little sunshine we do get in winter heats the roof and assists with insulation,saving energy costs.
22:42 March 1, 2010 by Steggles
I was always under the impression that roof's were cleared on a regular basis.....not wait for the build up!
00:52 March 2, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
An accident. I thinkk not. We only have ourselves to blame. Thankfully no one was hurt. We voted in the "Yahoo's", who determined it is wiser to employ people to drive around towns on tractors with watertanks to water flowers along the roadways, rather than employ building inspectors. Accountability starts at the voting booth. It is high time we here in Sverige start holding elected officials accountable as well. Nothing changes unless voters demand change. We deserve the mediocrity we elect.
01:58 March 2, 2010 by dizzymoe33
High pitched metal roofs is what is needed with all that snow.
11:43 March 2, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
well, that is part of the wickedness in this people, while a company in western sweden had used the opportunity to provide jobs for its teaming applicant last week, to clear the snow on its roof under supervision. almighty ICA is waiting for swedish speakers to to save it from imminent collapse...Thank God no one was injured.
Today's headlines
Injured Swedish photographer protected by 'guardian angel'
Swedish photographer Paul Hansen on another occasion. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Photographer Paul Hansen thanked his lucky stars for surviving sniper fire while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

How Sweden is trying to smooth relations with Saudis
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven meeting Saudi Arabia's Trade Minister Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has visited Saudi Arabia a year and a half after relations turned frosty in a major diplomatic row.

My Swedish Career
'Swedish people love it, but they find it quite odd'
Scottish entrepreneur William Macdonald. Photo: Michael Campanella

Meet the web developer and entrepreneur using traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing to break the ice with Swedes.

Swedish photographer shot near Mosul
Hansen was being operated on in the Iraqi city of Erbil on Sunday. Photo: Nora Lorek/ TT

Paul Hansen, a photographer working for Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has sustained light injuries after being hit by what appears to be a sniper while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

Trollhättan remembers school attack victims
'It was an attack on all of Sweden,' Education Minister Gustav Fridolin said. Photo: Thomas Johansson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday turned out for a torchlight procession in the small town of Trollhättan in southwestern Sweden to honour the victims of last year’s deadly school attack there.

Sweden wants emission- free cars in EU by 2030
Photo: Jessica Gow/ TT

Sweden's environment minister on Saturday urged the European Union to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2030.

Hundreds protest Swedish asylum laws
Around 1,000 people protested in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday demonstrated in Stockholm and in many other parts of the country to protest Sweden’s tough new laws on asylum-seekers.

Swedish terror suspect ‘planned airport attack’
Swedish terror suspect Osama Krayem. Photo: Facebook

Swedish national Osama Krayem, linked to the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13 and in Brussels on March 22, is now suspected of having plotted to attack also the Schiphol airport in the Netherlands.

Dylan removes Nobel-mention from website
The American musician has more or less responded to the news with silence. Photo: Per Wahlberg

American singer-song writer Bob Dylan has removed any mention of him being named one of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates on his official website.

Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
jobs available