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7 injured in Ill. porch collapse

First responders in Aurora treated patients ranged in age from 1 month to 31 years old



By R. Christian Smith
Chicago Tribune

AURORA, Ill. — A porch on the second floor of an Aurora apartment building collapsed on Saturday, sending seven people to the hospital, Aurora Fire Department officials said.

The fire department responded at 5:18 p.m. to the multi-family apartment building in the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue following the collapse of the porch and treated those who were injured, who ranged in age from 1 month to 31 years old, according to a news release from the department.

The porch was occupied by multiple people at the time of the collapse, officials said.

Three of those sent to the hospital had serious but not immediately life-threatening injuries, the release said. The other four that went to the hospital had only minor injuries, officials said.

Three other people complained of injuries due to the incident but were not sent to the hospital, officials said.

On Monday, police tape could be seen blocking entry to the area between the apartment building and the building beside it. Seen from the sidewalk, the porch appeared to be mostly intact except for the floor, which laid in pieces on the ground.

The rest of the building appeared to be unharmed.

On the outdoor staircase leading to the porch, a notice from the city’s Division of Property Standards was posted that declared the structure unsafe.

The upper units of the apartment building were deemed uninhabitable because the porch was the only access to the second floor, according to the release. Officials said that displaced residents are staying with family members.

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