SW Atl. deck collapses during Memorial Day party, 7 hurt

It was one of hundreds of Memorial Day weekend deck parties across metro Atlanta.

But this deck in Southwest Atlanta couldn’t hold up its end of the bargain.

Seven people were sent to the hospital Sunday when the deck collapsed.

"I just looked and I knew that all hell had broke loose," renter Dehavilland Baugh told Channel 2 Action News.

About a dozen people were eating and playing cards when the deck at a home on Kennolia Drive gave way. Some were taken to the hospital with leg injuries. Others were hurt by people falling on them.

"It was unbelievable," said Baugh's granddaughter Katorya Coley. "I didn't understand what was going on."

Coley escaped with only a scrape.

Baugh says she has been renting this home for seven years and said the deck has been here at least that long.

According to the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors, a wood deck will typically last 10 to 15 years.

Owners should check posts and beams for rot and examine all fasteners, bolts and joist hangers for rust and corrosion.

The group estimates thousands of decks in Metro Atlanta may be unsafe.

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