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Stair Collapse Outrages Apartment Residents

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Residents of a South Nashville apartment complex said they told their management agency about a problematic staircase months before it collapsed on Sunday, injuring two people.

"The disrespect for the people who live here as evidenced by the disregard for our complaints in their inaction for taking care of the property," one resident, who asked not to be identified, told NewsChannel 5.

That residents said they contacted Urban Housing Solutions, who manages the Greentree Terrace Apartments, three months ago, voicing her concern about two steel staircases which seemed structurally unsound.

On Sunday, a cement landing on one of the stairwells collapsed with two people standing on top of it.

"First, it just shocked me because it was so unexpected it was like 'floor just disappeared!'" explained Perionte Harvey who was on the staircase when it gave out.

With that staircase currently roped off with yellow caution tape, residents in 32 apartments on the second and third floors only have one other way out of the building if there is an emergency.

"I'm just glad it wasn't nobody that was pregnant standing on that, walking down or no one's kids or somebody that was elderly, they would've got hurt for real," he added.

NewsChannel 5 was unable to get in touch with anyone from Urban Housing Solutions on Monday.


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