The city’s building department has prohibited access to second-story exterior balconies at a 64-year-old Long Beach apartment complex after one of them collapsed Monday, injuring five people.
Scott Kemins, a commissioner in the Long Beach Building Department, said Tuesday that none of the injuries in the balcony collapse was serious but each person was taken to a nearby hospital.
“The Building Department is requiring the owners of the complex to hire an engineering firm to inspect the balconies and make necessary repairs” Scott Kemins said.
The deterioration of the balcony’s concrete and steel support, the weight of the people, plus the age of the balcony (built in 1949) contributed to the collapse.
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