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Restaurant ceiling caves in

May 31, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - No injuries were reported from a partial ceiling collapse in a dining room Saturday night at Perkins Family Restaurant, 1324 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.

"There were people eating in that part of it" when the collapse occurred, said Franklin Fire Co. Chief Jeff Clopper. He estimated a section of suspended ceiling measuring about 20 feet by 30 feet collapsed, but diners were seated away from the center of the room, where most of the debris fell.

According to Franklin Fire Co. spokesman Denny Clopper, the incident was called in at 8:26 p.m. and units were on the scene until 9:15 p.m. He said the restaurant was evacuated and closed for the rest of the evening.

"We got hold of a contractor to come out and they were going to be working all night to get it ready to open," Jeff Clopper said. He said his biggest concern was electrical wiring that was torn loose by the collapse.

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Denny Clopper said the cause of the collapse was undetermined. Jeff Clopper had no dollar estimate on the damage.

The restaurant was open for business Sunday, but the manager referred questions about the incident to a regional manager, who could not be reached.

-Don Aines

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