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Roof collapses at Thumper Pond

The waterpark roof at Thumper Pond Lodge in Ottertail collapsed just before midnight on April 14. There were no injuries, though guests were evacuated from the hotel, according to Otter Tail County Sheriff’s report.  ¶  The cause of the collapse is unknown, but does not appear to be criminal, the report stated. Ottertail Fire and Rescue and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident. “While the loss at Thumper Pond is significant, we are very fortunate that this happened outside of our waterpark operation hours and that no one was injured. We are working with forensic engineers to find the cause of this event; the results of the investigation will likely not be known for many weeks,” said Brad Stevens, the general manager of the resort, in a press release two days after the roof collapsed.
“We are committed to the safety of our guests and team members, and as a precautionary measure we closed the resort yesterday to secure the area and bring in structural engineers to review the other buildings on property and provide assurance of their integrity,” said Stevens.  read entire story. . . .