Robnetts Shed Destroyed

Ryan Dorsey, front, and Lewis Ayres clean up the collapsed storage shed at Robnett's Hardware on Wednesday morning.

Andy Cripe, Gazette-Times

A storage shed built onto Robnett’s Hardware in downtown Corvallis collapsed early Wednesday morning after a pickup reportedly backed into the structure.

A witness in the area at the time of the crash at about 5:38 a.m. told police a truck towing a trailer had backed into the wall. Officers who responded to the scene were unable to locate the suspect. The witness did not have the license plate number for the truck.

The shed had been built onto the south side of the main structure, which is at 400 SW Second St. Tori Lockwood, the store’s owner, said the collapse of the structure will not impact business.

“We’re just a little surprised that someone would come and do this and not stick around to say ‘I’m sorry,’” Lockwood said.

The shed was empty at the time of the collapse, she said. It had contained steel and pipe but had been cleared out for remodeling.

A cleanup crew was already on the scene Wednesday to take away the debris. The area was cordoned off with yellow caution tape. Lockwood said the collapse will not keep the store from selling Christmas trees, which they’ll do starting Tuesday. 

Alan Ayers, who owns the building, was coordinating the cleanup. He said he was at Robnett’s when the crash occurred. He said he heard a loud bump followed by a crash. 

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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