"It just went 'boom' and then it all came down," said Doss, who had just
finished putting gas in her silver 2007 Mazda 3.
She had just gotten back into her car on one side of the island at about
2:21 p.m. and hadn't even had a chance to put the key in the ignition when
the entire roofing section on the other side of the island collapsed, giving
way to an avalanche of bird droppings.
Doss sat there in shock for a moment, not knowing what to do, she said.
Members of the Vacaville Fire Department responded and taped off the area
surrounding the gas station.
Her husband, Thomas Doss, arrived a short time later and, as he consoled his
shaken wife, couldn't help expressing his amazement.
"Wow, it's unbelievable," he said. "I'm telling you, someone would have been
killed if they had been standing there."
According to Vacaville Fire Battalion Chief Brian Moore, the section of the
roof was brought down by the weight of the pigeon droppings that had
accumulated over the years.