Several people injured after deck collapses in Va. Beach

More than a dozen people may have been on a deck when it gave way on Duke of York Quay.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -Seven people were injured after a second floor deck collapsed at a home in Virginia Beach Sunday afternoon.

According to a spokesperson with Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue, emergency crews were dispatched to the 1800 block of Duke of York Quay, off of N. Great Neck Rd. just before 5 p.m.

Upon arrival, they learned that as many as 20 people were on the second floor deck of the home when it collapsed. Seven people were injured as a result, and four of them were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Everyone is expected to be okay.

Virginia Beach Housing Code Administrator Wells Freed says after investigating the deck, a ledger board failed. It attaches to the main structure.

This accident is on the mind of others who have similar decks. John Johnson owns several rental properties. He says maintaining a wooden deck is a lot of work.

"Rotten wood, splinters coming in the deck, find out if we have to sand something down," said Johnson. "Paint it and use a lot of barre deck over."
  
Johnson said sometimes he worries about how many people step foot on the second story porch.

"We try to do some type of minimum if we can and we put them in the lease and we try to stay within ten people."

While the contract is a verbal agreement he says he works throughout the year making sure the deck is safe for everyone.

Virginia Beach Housing Code Administrator, Wells Freed, says Johnson is doing the right things.

Freed said if you're a homeowner, you should keep an eye out for certain things.

"Look for any corrosion to the fasteners, proper attachment of the ledger board to the structure itself is one of the main issues there that they need to check for and the most important," explained Freed.

He said to keep a check list and mark it off at least once a year, especially if you live near the beach. Salt water can take a toll on your deck.

Freed said, "It can accelerate that. That goes on in coastal zones can accelerate the corrosion of the fasteners and the deterioration of the wood."

The easiest thing to do is hire a licensed contractor once a year to make sure the deck is safe.
 

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