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Man dies repairing tornado-damaged Sanford store

Posted June 23, 2011

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— A man working to repair tornado damage to a store in Sanford fell to his death Wednesday from the store's roof, police said Thursday.

A Sanford police officer spotted a vehicle outside the Tractor Supply Co. store at 3004 Horner Blvd., which has been closed since sustaining heavy damage from an April 16 tornado. The officer went inside the building to investigate and found the body of Thomas Jacobs, 60, of Lugoff, S.C.

Jacobs was a construction worker surveying the damage to the store, police said, and he fell through a weakened portion of the roof onto a cement floor about 20 feet below.

Police said he suffered massive head and internal injuries and died on impact.

No one else was in the building at the time, police said.

The state Department of Labor was investigating Jacobs' death.

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  • randrmomanddad Jun 24, 2011

    Drove by and seen them working on top of there yesterday...So Sad, Very unfortunate.!!!

  • cheezchicken Jun 24, 2011

    OH! How terrible! Poor, poor man. Condolences to the family!!!

  • Scubagirl Jun 24, 2011

    Such a sad accident. Thoughts are with those who loved him.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jun 24, 2011

    Just AWFUL!

  • Caring Jun 24, 2011

    Thoughts and prayers are with his family!

  • crypt5302 Jun 23, 2011

    So tragic.. My prayers are with this family..

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 23, 2011

    Oh no, that is so sad. The poor family.