2 hospitalized after deck collapse at Ottawa Co. venue


PORT SHELDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people were hospitalized and 12 more treated on scene after a deck collapsed at a venue at a West Olive park, Ottawa County authorities say.

It happened around 7 p.m. Thursday at the Weaver House at Pine Bend Park off of 156th Avenue in Port Sheldon Township. Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Kempker said about 25 people were on the back deck, which stands about 15 feet above ground, when it gave way in the middle and it collapsed inward.

Kempker said none of the injuries are considered life-threatening — most were “bumps and bruises.” The most serious, he said, may have been a fracture.

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About 118 people, plus catering and county parks staff, were at the Weaver House for an event hosted by the North Ottawa Community Health System to thank donors who helped fund a new emergency room. The sheriff said that doctors and nurses in attendance “jumped right into the emergency mode” after the collapse, “which probably made a big difference here for a lot of people.”

“A lot of kudos to the staff of North Ottawa for stepping right up right away,” Kempker continued.

The Weaver House is a home that was built in 1901, has been renovated and can now be rented out for events. The deck that collapsed was built in 2005, Kempker said.

Authorities are investigating what caused the collapse.

Weaver House will probably be closed for a time as the collapse is investigated and an engineer checks out the structural integrity of the house, the sheriff said.