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Report: Collapsed decks were 'structurally unsound'

September 29, 2016 - 12:31 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. - A new report indicates a pair of crowded decks that collapsed during a party at an off-campus house owned by Trinity College in Connecticut earlier this month were structurally unsound due to "flaws in construction."

Cirrus Structural Engineering released the report Thursday.

The Hartford Courant reports ( 32 college students were injured on Sept. 10 when the two-family home's third-floor deck collapsed. It fell onto a second-floor deck, which also collapsed.

School officials say Trinity did not inspect the house when it was purchased from a private owner in 2011. They say it's not clear why.

A spokesman for Democratic Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says it's the responsibility of the property owner to handle inspections for a two-family dwelling.

A Trinity spokesman says the school is now "inspecting all off-campus properties."

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