Insects (termites) Partly To Blame For Floor Collapse

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Insects (termites) Partly To Blame For Floor Collapse


Now this is something we should all be aware of, Termites cause over 30 billion dollars in property damage each year, check with your local termite professional for an indepth termite inspection.

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Nov 19, 2009 5:52 pm US/Eastern

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -Eyewitness News was first on the scene Wednesday when a building collapsed in South Baltimore.  As Mike Schuh reports, insects are partially to blame for the damage.

Two workmen were taking the roof off a tiny rowhome.  The plan was to make it bigger with an addition; what happened made it flatter by subtraction.

Two floors collapsed into the basement.  One of the workers escaped unharmed, but the other was trapped with a broken leg.  Specially trained firefighters reinforced the debris and went in.

"Once we cleared the debris out, he was ecstatic and said, `Get me out of here,'" said firefighter Darryl Robinson.

The man was hauled out and taken to Shock Trauma.

The only thing left above ground Thursday was the porcelain attached to the plumbing. 

Workers were removing the roof, but the housing department says they were storing what they removed on the first floor. The problem with this house is that the beams were riddled with termites.

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