Deck collapse at Sandal Wood Creek prompts county inspection

5:19 PM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
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By Leisa Zigman, I-Team Reporter

WILDWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) - St. Louis County inspectors believe more decks at a Wildwood condominium are dangerous and could also collapse. This news comes after a deck collapsed on Memorial Day at Sandal Wood Creek Condominium.

Four people were sent to the hospital. They were standing on the deck when the entire structure collapsed. They suffered a variety of broken bones and non-life threatening skeletal injuries.

On Tuesday, inspectors discovered rotting material that was supposed to be holding up the deck.

An independent contractor tells the I-Team said many more decks are at risk of collapsing.

According to Smith Management, the firm hired by the condo association to maintain the exterior of the buildings, deck maintenance is the condo owners' responsibility.

NewsChannel 5 tracked down the trustee for the condominium, but she did not return phone calls seeking comment.

According to county records, these decks were built over 30 years ago. They were built to code then, but now many of the decks are in violation and potentially dangerous.

Building inspectors will return to Sandal Wood Creek on Wednesday with plans to examine 60 decks. If inspectors find issues, the condo owners will have to make repairs.


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