The second floor rear porch of a home at 1941 Darrow Ave. in Evanston collasped this evening while about a dozen people were standing on it.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says four people were taken to St. Francis and Evanston hospitals with minor injuries and Fire Department paramedics treated other victims at the scene.

The second floor deck of the porch came loose from the fasteners securing it to the house and slid downward, pivoting on the posts that held up the outer edge of the deck.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Not just older buildings
    A few months ago a balcony on a building put up less than 10 years ago on Lincoln just west of Greenbay, detached and pulled at least one more balcony way from the building. This was advertised as a modern high [heating/cooling–I think geothermal] efficiency building and while that feature was not related to the structural problem, it makes you wonder how much care is taken with even “state of the art” construction. How about city inspectors at construction and afterward ?

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