Man seriously injured in Belvidere roof collapse during tornado sues Apollo Theater owners


BELVIDERE, Ill. (WLS) — A man who was seriously injured when a theater he was in was hit by a tornado is now taking the theater’s owners to court.

Paul Rojas and hundreds of others were inside Belvidere’s Apollo Theater for a March 30 concert.

SEE ALSO | The Apollo Theater victim was just a person out to buy a band shirt before a fatal roof collapse, a singer recalls.

Lawyers for Rojas said the theater’s owners ignored severe weather warnings, allowing the concert to go ahead.

The lawsuit also claims that the roof of the theater was not adequately maintained.

One person died while Rojas and several others suffered serious injuries.

READ MORE | “I couldn’t save him”: Son recounts final moments before father died in Belvidere roof collapse

RELATED | ‘This is family’: Belvidere fire lieutenant remembers sending firefighters to collapsed theater


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