Fourteen hurt in porch collapse in Tinley Park
BY DONNA VICKROY firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2013 11:52AM
Updated: August 30, 2013 6:54AM
Fourteen people were hospitalized with injuries Saturday night when the second-floor deck of a home in the 16700 block of Beverly Avenue in Tinley Park collapsed during a party, according to a news release from the village.
All but one of the injured had been released as of Sunday afternoon, the release said. Mayor Ed Zabrocki previously had said he believed none of the injuries was life-threatening.
Neighbors say the homeowner was getting ready to serve birthday cake at about 9:15 p.m. when the deck, holding about 30 adults and children, gave way.
Natalie Garcia, whose yard backs up to the home, was watching TV with her children when she heard a series of loud pops and then screams.
“I thought maybe it was firecrackers,” she said.
When she looked out her back window and saw what had happened, she called 911.
“People were screaming and trying to get debris off the people on the ground,” she said.
Zabrocki said he was told the village went into disaster mode, alerting surrounding towns, which sent emergency personnel.
The cause of the collapse is under investigation by the building department. Zabrocki said if the deck was original to the house, it could be more than 30 years old.
“The homes in that area were built between 1965 and 1968,” he said.
The gray, wooden deck was about 8 feet off the ground.
“We’ve lived here for five years and this was the first party I can remember them having,” Garcia said.