Nov 13, 2015 12:51 PM by News Staff
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawsuits by victims of a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, that killed six college students say previous tenants reported seeing mushrooms on the balcony, but the building's manager did not close the structure off.
The 12 lawsuits filed Thursday in Alameda County say the mushrooms showed the balcony's wooden support beams were rotting. A city investigation revealed the wooden beams were rotted through from water damage.
The suits by the five Irish students who died and seven others who were injured name the building manager, Greystar, and the construction firm, Segue Construction, as defendants.
The lawsuits say Segue used cheaper materials to construct the balcony in 2005, making it more susceptible to water damage.
A call after hours to Segue was not immediately returned. An email to Greystar was also not immediately returned.
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