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Burger King in north Grand Forks closed after ceiling collapses

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Burger King on Gateway Drive in Grand Forks is closed. This photo shows a collapsing ceiling in the playground area. (April Baumgarten/Grand Forks Herald)2 / 2

A Burger King in north Grand Forks is closed for construction after an apparent structural failure.

The business at 3765 Gateway Drive is "closed during construction," according to signs posted at the restaurant. It appears several boards and tiles from a false ceiling have collapsed in the playground area, but it's unclear when or how the incident happened.

The Grand Forks Public Health Department is aware of the situation, said Javin Bedard, environmental health manager for the city. The closing of the restaurant was not due to a health inspection issue.

It's uncertain for how long the restaurant will be closed. The Herald is seeking comment from the corporate office's media relations department.

There are two other Burger King locations in Grand Forks: 3151 32nd Ave. S. and 1416 S. Washington St. East Grand Forks also has a restaurant at 926 Central Ave. N.W.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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