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Neighbors in New London frustrated by porch collapse investigation

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What remains of a three-story porch that collapsed in New London. (WFSB photo) What remains of a three-story porch that collapsed in New London. (WFSB photo)

Neighbors in New London said they are frustrated following a porch collapse that happened this week.

Eyewitness News obtained new information on Thursday about the inspection history of the three-family home on Willetts Avenue.

All that remains of the porch is a pile of wood after it collapsed on Monday afternoon.

An unidentified woman living on the third flood was standing on the three-story balcony when it fell onto the first floor deck.

She only suffered minor injuries.

Her neighbors said they were not surprised by the deck's failure.

"This property is owned by an absentee landlord that doesn't care about his property and hasn't cared for many, many, many years," said Jay Wheeler, a neighbor.

Eyewitness News learned that the house, which was built in 1980, is owned by Rose Town Properties.

It doesn't have a listed phone number or email.

Eyewitness News visited its office on Bank Street and tried calling the listing agent, Joseph Dumond of Lyme. The number didn't work.

After checking with city officials about the building inspections, several orders to the owner were found.

City building official James Salmon inspected the property on Tuesday, according to records. Several orders were issued to the owner.

The orders included eliminating a board over a door, retain certified design pro for the first floor deck and to not use the rear deck.

Inspection records also indicated that a rear wood deck was approved to be built 32 years ago in 1984.

As of Thursday, there was nothing left of it.

Officials said it appeared that metal braces nailed or bolted to the house held the beams off the porch.

The city building inspector approved the installation of the deck in June of 1999.

Then, a porch repair in March of 2002 took place; however, it doesn't indicate whether or not it was for the rear or front porch.

Currently, people only live on the first and second floors of the home.

"It doesn't surprise me that it collapsed because there is no maintenance that's happened here for a long, long time," Wheeler said.

The inspection report, which was released on Wednesday, said the city told property owners that they had to get it done right otherwise it would seek legal action.

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