South Fargo business owners deal with aftermath of building collapse

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- A building just off a busy avenue in south Fargo is quiet after being shut down earlier Tuesday.

"It would've collapsed with everybody in the building," said Tayna Peterson, a store manager at Helping Hands, LLC.

Tenants of the complex next to the Ramada by Wyndham near 13th Avenue South are not allowed to move their belongings out. One of those tenants operates a dress shop.

"She had wedding dresses, prom dresses...I believe her wedding was this weekend," said Peterson. "She just had the final fitting."

Rescue crews called for the building to be evacuated early Tuesday. The people inside told us they noticed water dripping from the ceiling and a portion of it sagging.

One person said she heard banging and popping and there were chunks of the ceiling falling.

"It could've been way worse. That whole building could have collapsed with people in it," said Peterson.

Beams were said to be sagging two feet down. Peterson said they've been trying to tell the people who manage the property for days that something was seriously wrong.

They never got back with them.

The tenants we talked to said they don't have issues with the owners, just the management company.

We tried contacting them, Prairie Property Management and we were told that they had no comment at this time.

We're also told that the owners of the building from Watford City, recently sank hundreds of thousands of dollars worth into renovations that included new doors, windows and a roof.