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.
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.
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.
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.
A day after six students were killed when a balcony collapsed at an apartment complex in Berkeley, the Irish government and the country’s consulate in San Francisco say they have set up an incident center and are meeting with relatives of the victims.
Water seeping into the horizontal beams supporting a balcony could have caused dry rot, contributing to a balcony collapse that killed six people in Berkeley, engineers who visited the scene said Tuesday.
Less than 24 hours after the collapse of an apartment balcony killed six people in Berkeley, authorities are turning their attention to helping victims and their families and to determining what caused the accident shortly after midnight Tuesday.