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Saskatoon builders of collapsed Texas facility inspect site

Representatives from a Saskatoon company that built the Dallas Cowboys practice facility are in Texas this week following a structural collapse that injured a dozen people.

Representatives from a Saskatoon company that built the Dallas Cowboys practice facility are in Texas this week following a structural collapse that injured a dozen people.

The 88,000-square-foot facility in Irving, Texas, a tent-like structure with steel framing, came crashing down during high winds from a microburst on Saturday. Some 70 players, coaches, media and others were inside.

Cowboys scout Rich Behm was left paralyzed from the waist down and 11 others were injured.

The facility was built by a division of Cover-All Building Systems, which is based in Saskatoon.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families," company CEO Nathan Stobbe said in a written statement. "This is obviously a very difficult time for each of them and for the Cowboys organization."

Stobbe also said that he and other company representatives are in Irving to assess this "weather event."

Weather reports show winds were gusting around 113 km/h at the time of the collapse.

United States occupational health and safety officials are investigating.

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