We brought you exclusive footage of workers repairing the roof collapse early Tuesday morning. Because of the roof failure, the TGIFridays is a total loss and is currently being demolished.
WFFT's Brooke Welch researched the history of the mall and talked with the Allen County Building Department to find out if the mall is a safe place.
Glenbrook Mall is the largest indoor shopping center within 100 miles and the focal point of the Fort Wayne economy.
"I'm no youngster. I've been going here since it's been open."A FIRE NEAR JCPENNEY IN SEPTEMBER, A WATER MAIN BREAK IN NOVEMBER, AND THE ROOF COLLAPSE THIS WEEK. DAVID FULLER WITH ALLEN COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT SAYS YESTERDAY'S ROOF COLLAPSE WAS DUE TO THE WIND BLOWING THE SNOW.
"THIS HAPPENED OVERNIGHT, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS NO ONE COULD HAVE FORESEEN, SHORT OF HAVING SOMEONE ON THE ROOF 24 HOURS A DAY LOOKING FOR THOSE KIND OF THINGS."
FULLER SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN THOUSANDS OF RENOVATIONS AT GLENBROOK OVER THE YEARS.
"WE'VE DONE OVER 3300 BUILDING PERMITS THERE SINCE OUR RECORDS WERE BEING KEPT BACK IN 1985, SO IT'S JUST BEEN AN ONGOING PROCESS AT THE MALL, BECAUSE OF TENANTS MOVING IN AND OUT AS WELL AS COMMON AREAS RENOVATING AND REMODELING."
AS FAR AS RENOVATIONS THAT COVER THE ENTIRE MALL, FULLER MENTIONED AN ASPESTAS ABATEMENT PROJECT IN THE LATE 80'S, BUT SAID AS LONG AS THE BUILDING RECEIVES NORMAL MAINTENANCE THERE WOULDN'T BE A NEED FOR A MAJOR OVERHAUL.
"THE MALL HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY VERY CONSCIOUS, EVEN WHEN THEIR CONTRACTORS COME IN TO REMODEL A STORE. THE MALL IS VERY CAREFUL ABOUT REVIEWING THE PLANS, MAKING SURE THERE ARE BUILDING PERMITS WHERE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED. THEY ARE VERY CONSCIOUS OF THEIR BUILDING AND PROTECTING THEIR BUILDING."
GOOD NEWS FOR SHOPPER JAMES PRICE.
"I'D HATE TO SEE ANYTHING HAPPEN TO IT. JEFFERSON POINT IS NICE, BUT THIS IS HOME. YOU JUST COME HERE AND YOU'RE JUST COMFORTABLE HERE. YOU'RE NOT OUTSIDE WALKING AROUND, YOUR INSIDE AND THAT'S WHAT I LIKE."
TGIFRIDAY'S HAS NOT RELEASED A STATEMENT, WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THE PROGRESS.