City issues "emergency order of repair" for apartment decks | News
(WBIR) The city of Knoxville is ordering management of a local apartment complex to repair their wooden decks before being considered safe.
The public service director for the city, David Brace, said he plans to finish filing paperwork Wednesday for an "emergency order to repair," of the decks at Sunflower Apartments complex in West Knoxville. He said the decks are very old, wooden and haven't been well-maintained.
On April 20, a deck collapsed at the apartments, sending a woman to the hospital. Officials never identified her, but told media she was "alert and aware" when emergency responders took her to the emergency room.
Brace said he was asked by local media to look into the decks at the apartment complex, so he and a crew went out to investigate. Brace deemed the few of the decks unsafe, and told management and all the tenants at the complex to avoid using their decks until the crew is finished inspecting all of them.
Brace said the emergency repair order means Sunflower Apartments managers will have to get everything fixed as soon as possible.
The emergency order to repair does not have a technical timeline.