NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)-- A man is dead after a porch collapsed while he was on the stairs of a New London apartment building Monday.
Armando Womack was expecting his friend, instead of a knock at the door hearing the crash of the stairs collapsing.
"We heard my friend gasping loudly," Womack said.
Hours later, the fire marshal and building officials are now inspecting every wooden staircase and every deck of over 300 units at Nutmeg Woods, at 23 North Hawthorne Dr.
It's a direct response to what happened in the rear of building 26 Monday.
The 31-year-old man was on the third floor wooden stair case when it gave way, plunging him 15 feet to his death.
"Nobody deserves to go like this and when I say he is one of the nicest individuals I ever met in my entire life, I mean it," Womack said.
Tenants are now shaken, wanting to know how the fatal fall happened and if they are at risk
Some are claiming that stair cases seem to be in poor condition, including the one now taped off.
"When they were fixing the deck due to rotting wood what they did was flip the boards over, they painted it grey, then nailed it up again," one resident said.
"I knew something was going to happen sooner or later because they just they said they were going to fix the stairs and stuff and they never did," said Lorraine Spath.
The property manager did not want to discuss the tenants complaints about shoddy fix up jobs and would only say that Nutmeg Woods is cooperating with authorities.
It's unclear when tenants living in the building will be able to return to their apartments or what action the city may take.
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