Cornell Square deck collapses

Photo taken by Cornell Sqaure resident and Attorney Clarence Butler Jr., shows leaning deck on home at 4922-A S. Cornell Ave.

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

A resident of Cornell Square witnessed a second floor deck collapse at a home within the gated community at 4922-A S. Cornell Ave.

According to Attorney Clarence Butler Jr., a resident of Cornell Square, the home’s deck collapsed on Saturday Oct. 14, at about 8:45 a.m.

“The impact of the falling deck shook my residence like an earthquake and sounded like thunder,” Butler said.

Butler, who lives nearby, thinks the collapse could have been avoided back in August after his warning that the structure could pose an imminent danger.

Butler said in a report to the Herald that “The deck contained a very large and heavy metal Weber Grill Oven exacerbating the precarious nature of the leaning wooden deck.”

Photo taken by Cornell Sqaure resident and Attorney Clarence Butler Jr., shows collapsed deck of home at 4922-A S. Cornell Ave.
-Clarence Butler Jr.

Butler said in spite of the deck being extended over a heavily pedestrian and vehicular traveled ring road area, that was often frequented by children, no one was hurt.

Butler said prior to the dangerous and hazardous deck collapsing, nothing substantive was ever done to correct the situation even after notice to the city, other than the city placing an orange warning sticker on the garage door of the home of 4922-A, on Oct. 12.

The Herald reached out for comment but found no one home.

j.phillips@hpherald.com