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Merrill roof collapse causes city to condemn other buildings

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MERRILL (WAOW)--Heavy snow that caused the roof of a karate shop to collapse in February is claiming some more victims.

Now renters from nearby buildings on Merrill's Main Street are being told they must leave.

"On Friday, they condemned the building. I was told I have 10 days to find a new place," said Sandy Gippel.

Gippel owns Images hair and nail salon which is housed in the condemned buildings along with an apartment and another business.

She is in the process of finding a new location but says she will miss the current one.

"I spent 18 years here. I thought I would retire here," said Gippel.

City leaders say they had no choice but to condemn the building.

"There were concerns about whether it was structurally sound after the nearby roof collapsed. This was really a safety and health concern," said Merrill Building and Zoning Administrator Darin Pagel.

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