Champlin deck collapse injures 4

City says no permit ever filed

Four people with non life-threatening injuries were transported to a hospital after the deck they were standing on collapsed at a Champlin house Sunday night, July 28.

A residential deck lies in ruin after it collapsed with a group of people on it Sunday night, July 28, in Champlin. Four people were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

A residential deck lies in ruin after it collapsed with a group of people on it Sunday night, July 28, in Champlin. Four people were treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

The house is located at 12900 Monticello Lane. Champlin Police Chief Dave Kolb said 10 to 11 people were reported to have been standing on the deck when it collapsed.

“All the injuries were described as minor,” Kolb said. He said the building inspector indicated that the home was built in 1986.

“Since 1986 there has been a couple of permits issued to various building projects in that home,” Kolb said. “But none of them for deck construction. Because there was no permit, there were no inspections because the city had no knowledge. It was not issued a building permit.”

Kolb said there is no indication of a criminal offense. As for potential fines against the homeowner, he said, “If the city became aware (no permit was filed), typically it would charge the original building fee and double it with a fine. The problem is making the homeowner pay for a building permit for a deck that’s not there anymore.”

 

 

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