Cheerleading and Tumbling Gym in Pennsylvania Loses Its Roof in High Winds

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No one was injured, but the building was damaged this weekend when an athletics facility in a Pennsylvania city lost its roof in a storm with high winds. 

The metal roof of Rains Athletics, a cheerleading gym in McKeesport, is now laying in chunks in the parking lot, WPXI-TV reported. Crews are working to install a new roof after the severe storms in the area Saturday. 

When the roof was ripped off, three furnaces tipped over, the gas lines snapped and gas leaked into the building causing an emergency. Crews were able to quickly shut everything off, WPXI-TV reported. 

Drew Biros is the building’s owner.

"It’s a shame that this happened and I’m just thankful none of the kids were here on a Saturday when they have gym practice," Biros told WPXI-TV. "The wind just kept picking at the back of the roof and it folded over the front."

When the storms arrived Saturday, the cheerleaders who use Rain Athletics were competing out of state in Ohio. The building’s owner says the gym’s parking lot is normally packed with parents and cheerleaders coming and going. He said someone was looking out for the 500 athletes and families who practice here and just happened to be out of town.

Biros is now working to get the gym moved into a location next door where the roof is sturdy, while the new roof is put in place on the section of the building affected by the storm. 

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