3 June 2015
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Lake Dillon fire responds to second-floor walkway collapse in Dillon
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.