Three people injured in New York deck collapse

Three people viewing a house for sale in York fell from a second-floor deck when it collapsed Wednesday afternoon, according to York City Fire/Rescue Services.

Chief John Senft said injuries to the three people, who were taken to York Hospital, were not life-threatening. Their names were not available at press time.

Steve Hilt, a Realtor with Jack Gaughen, said he was showing the house at 223 W. College Ave. to a woman, her daughter and her son-in-law. The three stepped onto the deck from a second-floor door to the rear of the house, he said.

“I was the last one in line — I was a step away,” Hilt said. “I didn’t believe it at first . . . I ran down and grabbed the phone and made sure they were OK. Everyone was conscious.”

He then called 911, he said.

The call came in at 5:42 p.m., according to York County 911.

Firefighters were quickly dispatched. Arriving at the red brick house, they said they found the deck’s floor had separated from the house’s exterior and fallen diagonally to the ground.

Assistant Fire Chief Edwin Hamilton said the collapse was caused by “shoddy workmanship.”

“It was not properly secured to the building,” he said. “The devices holding the deck to the building were not large enough to support that much weight.”

He added the collapse “could have been a lot worse . . . If somebody would’ve been underneath it, they would have been dead.”

West Coast 911 firefighting news source – York Daily Record

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