Porch collapse injures 4 in Chestnut Ridge

Four people were hospitalized Monday after a deck collapsed during a Fourth of July celebration in Rockland County.

Four people were hospitalized Monday after a deck collapsed during a Fourth of July celebration in Rockland County.

Four people were hospitalized Monday after a deck collapsed during a Fourth of July celebration in Rockland County. (7/4/16)

CHESTNUT RIDGE - Four people were hospitalized Monday after a deck collapsed during a Fourth of July celebration in Rockland County.

Authorities say a family of three and an aide were celebrating the holiday at 15 Silver Lane in Chestnut Ridge when the second-story wooden deck suddenly gave way and collapsed.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m.

Rescuers say they found the four victims "hurt and confused after falling roughly 15 feet." They were taken to the hospital with broken bones, bumps and scrapes.

Chestnut Ridge Building Inspector Russel Gliniecki says a structural engineer will need to take a look at the home. Until he does, no one will be allowed back inside.

"There appears to be dry rot," Gliniecki says. "We don't know the extent, how far it went into the house."

The four people injured are expected to be OK.

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