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Customer barely escapes injury as Dunkin’ Donuts’ roof collapses in Adams

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ADAMS — A large section of the roof at Dunkin’ Donuts, 44 Church St., collapsed at about 7:20 a.m. Monday, compelling a customer in the shop to jump over the front counter to avoid injury.

The lone customer and five employees in the building escaped unharmed, but Jefferson County code enforcement officials are investigating the incident’s cause. The shop will reopen at 5 a.m. Friday.

Store manager Tracy Bice called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 7:26 a.m. to report the incident. She told deputies the shop was evacuated immediately after the collapse.

Deputy John M. Gleason, who arrived at 7:32 a.m., said a 25-by-25-foot section from the shop’s entrance to behind the counter had fallen, bringing several lights and beams and wiring to the ground. The roof’s exterior was not damaged.

The only customer in the building, whom deputies could not identify, left before Mr. Gleason arrived and was not interviewed. Mr. Gleason said employees described how he flung himself over the counter to avoid the crash.

“They said they heard a noise that sounded like thunder and looked up and the ceiling started to fall,” he said. “So the customer dove over one of the counters, and no one was injured.”

Adams volunteer firefighters removed perishable products and National Grid workers shut down the building’s electricity.

According to employees’ reports, Mr. Gleason said, the ceiling essentially swung down from the building’s front, finishing its crash about eight feet behind the counter.

Franchise owner Roy Clark did not return a message Wednesday. Workers were seen inside the shop repairing the roof Wednesday, but manager Amber C. Hedger declined to comment.

Jefferson County code enforcement officials roped off the building by 8 a.m. Monday.

The shop opened Feb. 10, 2010.

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