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Deck collapse renters call wood "rotten"

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Updated: 7/05/2013 12:28 pm
NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Eight people are recovering from injuries sustained when a wooden deck packed with people collapsed from the second floor to the ground below in Neptune Beach Thursday afternoon.

Young adults partying on the old wooden structure tell us there were about a dozen people on it when it suddenly gave way. Amazingly, none of the injuries was serious and only four people had to be treated at the hospital.

Logan Kenney stepped off the deck moments before it fell.

"There were just too many people on there. It shouldn't have fallen, but there were still too many people," said Kenney.

First Street outside was packed with 4th of July revelers when smiles turned to horror mid-afternoon.
The renters who live in the house at 2000 1st Street were hosting an Independence Day party.

Matt Walker was at the party and told Action News, "You don't expect to see that. A house on the 4th of July is supposed to be all fun and games and this happens," said Walker.

A building inspector came out to survey the damage to the house that was built in 1985, according to records obtained by Action News.

The house owner down the road in nearby Atlantic Beach wasn't home for comment. His renters who live at the collapse scene say decks on the side of the house were repaired last year, but the one out front never was.

Tyler Bice, who rents the house told Action News, "You could see the same old wood. Rotten."

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