911 calls released from Hartford porch collapse

A porch collapse on Campfield Avenue in Hartford injured more than a dozen people over the weekend. (WFSB)

Police released the 911 calls from a porch collapse that happened in Hartford over the weekend.

The second-floor porch came down behind a home on Campfield Avenue on Saturday night.

Twenty people, including two children, dropped between 15 and 20 feet. About a dozen people were hurt, but with non-life-threatening injuries.

In the 8 minutes worth of calls that were released on Tuesday, neighbors described the chaotic scene.

"I need an ambulance to 91 Campfield [Ave.]," one caller said. "There are kids, babies, adults, everybody."

In each call, screams and and yells could be heard in the background.

"There was a porch collapse and there's people still under it," another caller stated. "I don't know these people. I was just driving by."

Channel 3 learned on Monday that the porch was built in 1979. That was the only time it was inspected.

According to state law, porches of single- or two-family homes only need to be inspected at the time of their completion.

Officials said commercial buildings, or three or more family homes, get inspected in Hartford every three to five years.

Despite there being more than 20 people on the deck at the time of the collapse, officials said no violation was committed there either.

Officials concluded that the porch was simply too old.

They recommended that anyone with concerns about their porch contact their landlord.

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