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Officials probe deck collapse that injured 5 people

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BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -

Five people are recovering from injuries after a deck collapsed at an apartment complex in Brookhaven Saturday night.

Four families have been displaced at Northeast Plaza, an apartment building built in 1966.

Mike Hassinger, Communications Director with the city of Brookhaven, has revealed why and how the deck collapsed. He says the chief building inspector and fire marshal were out early Monday morning investigating and confirmed that a support beam and anchor bolt rusted out.

One child was trapped under the rubble after the deck collapsed, severely injuring his leg. Another child was burned by the grill that was in use before the collapse. Three adults were injured as well.

The city of Brookhaven has ordered the apartment owner to perform an engineering inspection of the structural integrity on all the other decks in the apartment complex, and plan to do something in ten days.

FOX 5 spoke with the leasing manager and a notice was sent out on Sunday requesting that everything be removed from all patio and balcony areas.

The people living in the four units after the collapse are currently staying at a nearby hospital.

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