Pregnant woman falls from apartment balcony at Essex Village

Published: May. 25, 2017 at 3:06 PM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2017 at 5:40 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A pregnant woman is in the hospital after falling from a broken balcony at Essex Village in eastern Henrico.

It is the latest incident at the apartment complex that's carefully being watched because of deplorable living conditions. It comes on the very day Essex Village was supposed to send a plan of action to federal authorities. HUD says they have not received the report but expect to have it Friday.

Emergency responders say they found the woman, who is seven months pregnant, on the ground. They say she was alert but complaining of back pain. She had fallen from the second-story balcony.

The 911 call came in around 9:15 a.m. from the 200 block of Engleside Drive in Essex Village.

While the woman was in the hospital, the fire marshal and building inspectors checked the balcony. The railing snapped in half and a baluster is also broken.

NBC12 was told management came out this week, telling the renters that the balcony needed repairs. There was a temporary fix by nailing in boards onto the railing.

A county official tells NBC12 the wood is rotting and renters were told not to go on the balcony until repairs were made; however, the official said there was no notice posted on the door prior to the accident, and the door to the balcony was not sealed, even though a child reportedly lives there.

"We're in the process right now working with building officials and the Fire Marshal's office and also Henrico Police in putting all the facts together to determine what exactly did take place," says Henry Rosenbaum with the Henrico Fire Marshal's office.

This is latest concern in a long list of issues Essex Village has been facing. NBC12 has been investigating the apartment complex for months for deplorable living conditions.

Thursday was a deadline for PK Management to submit a plan of action to HUD. Locally, the county says dozens of violations should be fixed. They say a follow up inspection will happen in the next coming weeks.

At last check, the pregnant woman is in the hospital in stable condition. NBC12 asked a manager on the property for a response on this incident and gave them contact information, but we have not received anything yet.

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