IDEA Homeschool offices are closed with caution tape hours after a roof collapse forced staff to evacuate on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. Other businesses within the Copper Center were also closed as a result of the collapse. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

IDEA Homeschool offices are closed with caution tape hours after a roof collapse forced staff to evacuate on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. Other businesses within the Copper Center were also closed as a result of the collapse. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Roof collapse closes local businesses

IDEA Homeschool, Soldotna DMV, Walden Bros. and others closed

A collapsed roof closed several Kalifornsky Beach businesses Friday.

IDEA Homeschool, located in the Copper Center business complex, first announced via Facebook at around 12:30 p.m. that their offices were closed due to “unexpected maintenance.” At around 2:30 p.m. a follow-up announcement said that the roof had collapsed and that all staff were safe and had evacuated the building. IDEA shares a building with Frontier Community Services, which announced at 1:30 p.m. that their office would be closed for the rest of the day. Caution tape could be seen covering both locations’ entrances at around 2 p.m.

Other businesses around the Copper Center were also closed as a result of the collapse, including the Soldotna Division of Motor Vehicles office, Walden Bros., Big Daddy’s pizza and others.

The Soldotna Division of Motor Vehicles office, located in the building next to IDEA, also announced a closure on their website, saying that the building would be closed from 12:30 p.m. to the end of the day.

Big Daddy’s Pizza in Soldotna, located in a third building in the same parking lot as IDEA and the Soldotna DMV, announced a closure due to a roof collapse before 3 p.m.

Trevor Walden, of Walden Bros., documented their evacuation in an Instagram Live video.

“Please don’t come here,” he said. “We’re being evacuated because we had snowmageddon take place”

Snow is cleared from a roof near the Copper Center Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. Several nearby businesses were closed after a roof collapse. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Snow is cleared from a roof near the Copper Center Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. Several nearby businesses were closed after a roof collapse. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

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