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Deck collapsed onto soft ground in backcountry Greenwich

May 17, 2019

GREENWICH — Six adults suffered minor injuries when a deck at a home in the backcountry partially collapsed Thursday night.

The report came in around 8:40 p.m. for a partial deck collapse at a two-story house on Londonderry Drive.

According to Greenwich police, emergency-service personnel treated six adults for minor injuries, and all refused transport to the hospital.

On Friday morning, a resident of the home said the wrap-around porch in the backyard slumped and gave way during a party.

“I’m glad everyone’s okay,” said the man, who did not give his name, “Very unfortunate.”

He said the party guests slid on the deck toward the soft ground, and were not in a free fall. The deck is about eight feet off the ground, he said. It was a group of friends getting together, he said.

The house on the 50 block of Londonderry was built in 1969, according to real-estate records.

Although initial reports indicated about 15 people were injured, police later confirmed six people were injured.

All but one fire unit cleared from the scene at 8:55 p.m. Around 9:10 p.m., the remaining fire unit cleared from Londonderry Drive.

A representative for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was on scene because of a concern of some kind of chemical, or otherwise, runoff getting to a pond near the home. Fire units on scene confirmed no runoff reached the pond.

The town building department was on scene Friday morning and following up on the incident.