6 balconies collapse at long beach apartments
The Long Beach Police Department said multiple balconies fell Tuesday morning from an apartment building.
Six balconies collapsed at the building at Shore Road and Long Beach Boulevard.
Here’s a view of the scene from NewsCopter 7:
Police said no injuries were reported.
“It seems the middle balcony may have given and then the top one came down,” said Long Beach Fire Department Chief Robert Tuccillo. “Thank god it happened early in the morning. No one was sitting on their patios. No one was walking by.”
The building is in the early stages of construction. Fire officials said a company set up scaffolding just a few days ago to repair decaying bricks, and that was enough to cause everything to fall.
“This wasn’t safe from the get go. That scaffolding just helped it come down,” said Tuccillo.
Here’s what the outside of the building looked like in February 2013, as viewed by Google Maps Street View:
This is an occupied three-story building a block from the beach and city officials are investigating.