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Gas station canopy collapse to be investigated

A Duluth firefighter strings yellow tape around the canopy that collapsed Sunday afternoon at the ICO convenience store and gas station on Sixth Avenue East in the city’s Central Hillside neighborhood. The station used to sell Spur gasoline. (Steve Kuchera /

The ICO station at the corner of Sixth Avenue East and East Sixth Street will be required to hire an engineering firm to assess why the large canopy shielding its fuel pumps overturned and collapsed Sunday afternoon.

The findings of that report, as well as plans on how to safely remove and replace the canopy, will need to be submitted to city officials for their review and approval, according to Wendy Rannenberg, permit-processing supervisor for Duluth’s construction services department, who said she expects to see a report before the end of the week.

Meanwhile, the station and convenience store remain temporarily closed.

The collapse of the canopy damaged an SUV, but caused no serious injuries.