NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A portion of a walkway at a Norfolk apartment building came down Monday morning.
Battalion Chief Julian Williamson with Norfolk Fire and Rescue told WAVY.com the walkway came down at the two-story apartment building located in the 1900 block of East Ocean View Avenue.
Residents in five units were evacuated as a result and Williamson said they will not be able to stay in their apartments until the walkway is fixed.
10 On Your Side checked with the City of Norfolk and found no code violations for the building.
The owner of the building told WAVY.com off camera that the deck walkway died of old age -- public records show the apartments were built 51 years ago. But according to a contractor, concrete should last much longer than half a decade.
10 On Your Side talked to a contractor on scene who said the cement was not sealed and could not hold up after all the recent rain.
So who's at fault? The National Ready Mix Concrete Association told WAVY.com it sounds like someone made a mistake, either in maintenance or in building the walkway 50 years ago. There is no way to know which mistake is the culprit without a full forensic investigation, but hat kind of investigation will likely never happen because it's not required by law.
In the meantime, the landlord said he is not charging the affected tenants rent this month so they can use the money to find another place to stay. He hopes to have a new wooden walkway built in about two weeks, so everyone can return home.
No injuries were reported.
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