Press release: Lake Dillon Fire response to upstairs walkway collapse in Dillon

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3 June 2015

 

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Lake Dillon fire responds to second-floor walkway collapse in Dillon

Onlookers peek at the hole in the upper walkway where a man was seriously injured Wednesday at the Orofino condo complex in Dillon Valley.

Onlookers peek at the hole in the upper walkway where a man was seriously injured Wednesday at the Orofino condo complex in Dillon Valley.

One man was badly injured and a girl had to be rescued by Lake Dillon firefighters after an exterior walkway bridge at an aging Dillon Valley condominium complex collapsed Wednesday afternoon.

The man working with a property-management company apparently was testing the integrity of the concrete bridge linking the upper units of the Orofino complex to the stairwell when it collapsed as he bounced on it.

He fell an estimated 25 feet to the sidewalk below and was taken by Summit County ambulance to the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.

A girl in one of the two second-floor units was stranded, and Lake Dillon firefighters used a ladder truck to get her down to the ground.

Lake Dillon Fire Marshal Steve Skulski, in consultation with officials from the Summit County building department, deemed the two second-floor units “temporarily inaccessible” until a temporary stairway can be erected on the west side of the building and ultimately permanent repairs can be made.

The building, located at 0290 Straight Creek Drive, is one of several in the Orofino complex, which is at least 40 years old, and a construction firm had just last week put up some wood-beam shoring to hold up a portion of the walkway.

Inspections of the remaining buildings revealed similar concerns of deterioration, and the county will require inspections by engineers and repairs.

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Wood shoring already was in place beneath another portion of the upstairs walkway at the Orofino condominium complex in Dillon Valley.

Wood shoring already was in place beneath another portion of the upstairs walkway at the Orofino condominium complex in Dillon Valley.

Lake Dillon firefighters rescue a girl who was stranded after an upstairs walkway collapsed outside her Orofino condo in Dillon Valley.

Lake Dillon firefighters rescue a girl who was stranded after an upstairs walkway collapsed outside her Orofino condo in Dillon Valley.

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