The roof of the store at 6760 Route 9 collapsed around 2:45 p.m., while employees and customers were inside the store, pinning one person, said Henry A. Campbell, public information officer for the Rhinebeck Fire Department.
The pinned person was quickly freed and did not receive any major injuries, Campbell said.
The section of the roof collapse was approximately 125-feet-by-30-feet, leaving a large, gaping hole.
"We can replace our walls but we cannot replace our people," said Sandy Williams, senior vice president of retail operations."We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our contractors, our community members and all those who treat us
Since the collapse, the store itself remains closed, but the lumber yard has reopened to contractors and customers and for deliveries from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lumber yard is also open from 7 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The company's other stores in the area are open as usual.
"Williams Lumber is an institution in Dutchess County, and the Williams family among our most generous," County Executive Marc Molinaro said. "We are glad no one was injured and will do all we can to support their repair efforts."
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