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  • No criminal charges in Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six, injured seven

    No criminal charges in Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six, injured seven

    The Alameda County district attorney’s office will not charge anyone with a crime in last year's balcony collapse in Berkeley that killed six people and injured seven more, officials announced Tuesday. Following a nine-month investigation that included interviews with construction experts, architects...

  • Collapsed balcony that killed 6 passed 2014 inspection, records show

    Collapsed balcony that killed 6 passed 2014 inspection, records show

    The fifth-floor Berkeley apartment balcony that collapsed two weeks ago, killing six and injuring seven, passed muster with inspectors hired by the complex’s owners less than a year ago, according to documents released by the city Monday. A private structural inspector checking the Library Gardens...

  • An outpouring of support after Berkeley balcony collapse

    An outpouring of support after Berkeley balcony collapse

    It has been a week since a balcony collapse at an apartment complex here shattered the lives of 13 families and sent Ireland into mourning. The tragedy left six Irish students dead, one of them a Rohnert Park, Calif., resident with dual citizenship. Seven were injured, some with head and spinal...

  • Berkeley calls for new inspection, construction rules after balcony collapse

    Berkeley calls for new inspection, construction rules after balcony collapse

    City officials proposed new inspection and construction rules Tuesday aimed at preventing another balcony collapse like the one that left six dead and seven injured last week.   The failure of the cantilevered, fifth-floor apartment balcony during a 21st birthday celebration also drew scrutiny...

  • Berkeley files reveal housing violations, no mention of balcony

    Berkeley files reveal housing violations, no mention of balcony

    Newly released city inspection files show a handful of housing code violations at the Library Gardens apartment complex in recent years, but no indication of rotting wood that apparently caused Tuesday’s balcony collapse that killed six and injured seven. Building permits also released by the city...

  • Managers to inspect units at Berkeley apartment complex after deadly balcony collapse

    Managers to inspect units at Berkeley apartment complex after deadly balcony collapse

    Managers of a Berkeley apartment complex under scrutiny after six people were killed when a fifth-floor balcony collapsed are beginning inspections of their own. Notices were slipped onto the doors of multiple tenants in the Library Gardens project Thursday --  including onto the door to the apartment...

  • Design of balcony in fatal Berkeley collapse was sound, outside expert says

    Design of balcony in fatal Berkeley collapse was sound, outside expert says

    The design of the apartment balcony that collapsed here earlier this week, killing six people and injuring seven others, contains no obvious defects, an independent engineer who looked at the balcony's architectural plans said Thursday. Gene St. Onge, a civil and structural engineer in Oakland...

  • Families prepare to bury 6 students killed in Berkeley balcony collapse

    Families prepare to bury 6 students killed in Berkeley balcony collapse

    Burial and funeral preparations are underway for six students who were killed when a balcony collapsed during a birthday party in Berkeley. Family members are expected to view the six students, five of whom were Irish, and make arrangements to return their bodies to Ireland by Sunday or Monday,...

  • Signs of dry rot seen on second balcony at Berkeley apartment building

    Signs of dry rot seen on second balcony at Berkeley apartment building

    Signs of apparent dry rot have been found on a second balcony of the same building where one collapsed here earlier this week, killing six people. City officials Wednesday ordered the second balcony, just underneath the collapsed balcony, to be removed immediately because it was in danger of collapsing....

  • Berkeley balcony collapse puts new focus on wood dry rot

    Berkeley balcony collapse puts new focus on wood dry rot

    The wood rot that many experts believe contributed to the deadly balcony collapse here has been a problem in low-rise apartment and condominium complexes for years.Investigators on Wednesday were trying to determine how the wood beams of the balcony that failed — killing six people — had deteriorated...

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