A balcony collapse in Long Beach left five people injured recently and
the building's owners with a probable
New York premises liability case on their hands.
The collapse took place around 8:30 in the evening at an apartment building
at 271 Shore Road. The balcony was located on the second floor and fell
approximately five feet into a first floor balcony. All five people who
were on the balcony at the time it collapsed were taken to local hospitals
with injuries, but none were considered to be life-threatening. The scene
was cleaned up within a few hours, and residents of the apartment building
were allowed back inside by 11 pm.
Firefighters at the scene of the accident also noticed another balcony
on the building looked structurally unsound. They propped it up with wood
planks to reinforce it for the time being. Long Beach Fire Commissioner
Scott Kemins said the collapse happened because of several different problems.
"Undoubtedly, it was a mixture of structural failure and a live load—the
weight on the balcony mixed in with that structural failure caused that
to happen," said Kemins.
Mullas Haziz, the building's owner, said that there shouldn't have
been more than three people on the balcony. However, it has also been
discovered that the company that owns the building has been cited with
multiple violations in the past, including unstable balconies, cracks
and deformities in the building's brick. Tenants say the building
is in a constant state of disrepair. The owners also admitted that Hurricane
Sandy damaged the building and they haven't had the money to properly
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