3 injured after deck collapse in Montgomery County

A deck collapsed in Montgomery County, Maryland, on Friday afternoon, injuring three people.

It happened in the back of a house on Adrian Street in Rockville. Two people were confined under the house but not pinned, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said. They have been extricated and transported. One person on top of the deck was also extricated. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said the the deck was about 7 feet off the ground and was supported by the house and posts. The deck appeared to have pulled away from the house and ledger board, which is the point that connects the deck to the house.

Goldstein said it’s important to check out the early warning signs, such as looseness, wobbliness or creaking, when out on the deck.

And, “make sure you don’t overload or have too many people” on the deck, Goldstein said.

This is the second incident of a deck collapsing in a week in the county. Last Sunday, a deck collapsed in Germantown, sending six people to the hospital.

Below is the area where it happened.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

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