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    CA - Balcony collapse kills 5, injures 8 in Berkeley

    A fourth-floor balcony has collapsed and crashed to the ground in Berkeley, California near the university campus, killing five people and injuring eight - many critically. It happened just after midnight local time.

    Several Irish citizens are amongst the victims.

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    Awful to hear. Most of them were J1 students from universities in Ireland who spend the summer in the us. Heartbreaking

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    Ireland media reporting that all of the dead are young people from Ireland.

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    I just saw news coverage about this.....this is so awful. The group apparently had just moved some balcony furniture/tables out of the way so there would be more room to stand when the collapse occurred. I can't even imagine.....what a horrible thing to happen.

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    Oh no! Just awful.
    My heart goes out to all affected.



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    Such a sad tragedy.

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    A helpline has been set up for families worried about their loved ones. Reports are saying now that all the injured are Irish too.

    The building was only constructed in 2006, the LA Times says. But you can see from the photos how the floor of the balcony just seems to have fallen away, leaving the railings on top of the balcony below. There's no way that should have happened. There's got to be some kind of structural fault, in my opinion.

    The Irish consul general in San Francisco is helping those affected and there is an Irish helpline (+353 1 418 0200).
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    Too many people on a poorly constructed balcony. Modern construction is garbage.

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    6 person to die. 7 sustained life threatening injuries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KaaBoom View Post
    Too many people on a poorly constructed balcony. Modern construction is garbage.
    Apparently so. The building inspector said that by code, the balcony should have been able to hold them and more. So, either it was poorly constructed and still passed inspection, or something else happened to weaken it. Its not even 10 years old, so you wouldnt think weather elements would degrade it much. High balconies spook me anyway.


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    So very sad......


    Pictured: The five Irish students and one American tragically killed after a balcony collapsed at Berkeley apartment during a 21st birthday party

    Among the dead were three women and three man all in their early 20s

    Many of the injured have critical, life-threatening wounds following the fourth-floor balcony collapse in the early hours of Tuesday

    The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Flanagan confirmed that five of the dead were Irish

    The sixth person was a 22-year-old Irish-American from San Francisco

    Department of Foreign Affairs said the people who died were in the U.S. on J1 working visas

    There were 12-14 people on the balcony when it collapsed during the party, according to reports

    A 'neighbor called the police about a large party in the apartment


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    I thought they used earthquake codes out there. When I saw the pics, it looked like an older building to me. But 2006?! Unacceptable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wendybtn View Post
    I thought they used earthquake codes out there. When I saw the pics, it looked like an older building to me. But 2006?! Unacceptable!
    It's typical five story wood frame construction that is common in California these days. Notice how they put heavy steal railings on the sides to make it "appear" that it is better constructed then it is. It's ridiculous what they let developers get away with. The construction is cheap, and they sell it if for crazy amounts of money.

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    Urine on the carpets and broken fire doors: Inside the 'hellhole' apartment block where six people fell to their death after a balcony collapsed

    Residents at the apartment block where a balcony collapsed killing six people on Tuesday have written scathing reviews about the poor conditions

    One resident of Library Gardens in Berkeley, California, posted horrific pictures last week of broken fire doors and urine on the carpets

    'Building owner is greedy and cares about no one,' wrote Yelp.com Chan N. 'This place is a huge rip off in just about every way'

    The managers of the building have issued a statement expressing their sorrow for the tragic death of the young students


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    I wonder what the safety reasons were. Somebody is going to get sued.


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