California regulators cite 5 firms in fatal balcony collapse

Apr 8, 2016 6:56 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California licensing board says five companies involved in the construction of a Berkeley apartment building where six college students were killed in a balcony collapse did inferior work that led to the accident.

The East Bay Times says the firms implicated by the California State Contractor's Licensing Board on Friday include the general contractor on the Library Gardens project, the subcontractors that did framing, plastering and waterproofing work, and a supplier of ventilation equipment.

Board Enforcement Chief Dave Fogt says the balcony was not built to trade standards, allowing water to seep in and rot the wooden beams that supported it.

An administrative hearing will be held to determine if the companies should have their licenses revoked.

Five of the students killed were Irish citizens working in California for the summer.

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