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Roof caves in at PETRO truck stop at I-94 and Highway 20; no injuries reported

Roof caves in at PETRO truck stop at I-94 and Highway 20; no injuries reported

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YORKVILLE — A truck stop near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 20 suffered a roof cave-in Tuesday, following a storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in eastern Racine County.

Racine PETRO, 717 S. Sylvania Ave., is expecting to be closed for three to four days.

"We don't know what caused it yet," Jim Willkomm, who co-owns the local multifaceted Willkomm's business that runs the PETRO — as well as The Dish restaurant in Mount Pleasant and Rocket Wash in Mount Pleasant, Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie — said in a Tuesday afternoon phone call.

Willkomm said that the part of the building where the roof collapse occurred was already closed off to the public due to construction, although a few workers were in the area. "They heard the rumbling, things started falling, and they got the heck out of the way. And no one was hurt, thank God," Willkomm said.

Utilities were then cut off and structural engineers were looking over the building Tuesday to identify what went wrong and how to address it.

The building has been under construction as it expands with the addition of Blue Badger Bar & Grill — which opened this month — and an O&H Danish Bakery, with a Taco Bell and Dunkin' Donuts planned. The business also houses a truck service business, performs Department of Transportation examinations and typically contains a barbershop, although the barbershop is closed amid the construction.

The cave-in occurred in the older part of the building, with the newer areas of the building "unaffected by the incident," according to a Willkomm's press release.

Police scanner reports indicate the cave-in occurred before 11 a.m. Tuesday. In the early afternoon, the Racine County Sherriff's Office and the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department were among the agencies on scene.


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