Police and rescue personnel secure the scene after a deck collapsed in Mass.SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JIM MARABELLO
James Marabello Police and rescue personnel secure the scene after a deck collapsed in Mass.SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JIM MARABELLO

At least one person was hospitalized after a deck collapsed in Westminster, Mass., late last month. Six people were said to be on the deck when it pulled away from the house and collapsed in the mid-afternoon accident. One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but injuries were not thought to be life threatening. The town building department was investigating, and an inspector was reportedly checking other houses in the neighborhood with decks built by the same contractor. Officials didn’t give a cause for the failure, but a photograph published by a local newspaper shows a mostly intact deck structure tipping in toward the house, as if the connection between the house and deck was the problem.

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