Visitors injured in stairway collapse

The beachfront home where the accident occurred.

The beachfront home where the accident occurred.
Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 01:26 PM.

Several people were injured when a set of exterior stairs collapsed Saturday at a Gulf front home in the St. George Island Plantation.

At around 7:30 a.m. St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department first responders were called to a house at 1940 Nautilus Drive . When they arrived at the scene, they found individuals with injuries suffered when an outdoor staircase collapsed.

The visitors had gathered on the stairs for one last vacation photograph before departing for home. Fire Chief Jay Abbott said 10-people were on the stairs when they fell.

He said three were patients transported to Weems Memorial Hospital by ambulance, and two were carried in private vehicles. Information on the nature of the injuries was not available, but none were said to be life threatening.

According to county records, the four-bedroom home was built in 1990. It sold in 2010 to the current owner for approximately $1.3 million. A local realtor said the home was extensively renovated in 2002-3.



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