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San Diego gym where platform collapsed had not obtained proper permits

Dozens of children were hurt when a platform collapsed at the Vault PK obstacle course gym.
Dozens of children were hurt when a platform collapsed at the Vault PK obstacle course gym.
(Keven Smith )

The obstacle course gym in Barrio Logan where a platform collapse injured dozens of children was not issued a number of required permits, including permission to build the structure that fell, according to a report released Thursday.

City investigators determined that no building permits had been obtained for the warehouse that the gym — called Vault PK — operated out of since 2004, meaning none of the businesses inside had received proper permits.

Investigators found a long list of violations. The building didn’t have fire sprinklers, the right number of exits or the appropriate number of bathrooms. There were serious structural deficiencies as well, including a damaged support column that may not have been able to hold up the roof.

None of the businesses in the warehouse, which included Vault PK, a paintball arena, a CrossFit gym and a mixed martial arts facility, had been issued any permits to do any building of any kind.

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Investigators found improperly constructed walls, mezzanines, stairs, partitions, restrooms, locker rooms and offices, all constructed without permits, according to the report.

The collapse happened Saturday night at Vault PK, a parkour gym where mostly children learn how to run, jump and navigate obstacle courses like those seen on “American Ninja Warrior.”

lyndsay.winkley@sduniontribune.com

Winkley writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune

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