Review of Towson apartment's balconies ordered following deck collapse

A Baltimore County building inspector has ordered owners of a Towson apartment building to have a structural engineer inspect every balcony and elevated walkway at the complex after seven people were injured in a deck collapse there Monday.

Aimco, a Denver-based company that owns the Colony at Kenilworth Apartments, will have 30 days to comply with the order, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said. They could face fines of about $200 a day if they fail to comply.

Cindy Duffy, a spokeswoman for Aimco, said the company had already contacted a structural engineering firm to conduct balcony inspections.

"Based on information we have received, there was a large social gathering taking place, and it was highly likely that the balcony was overloaded with a large number of guests at the time of its collapse," Duffy said in an email.

Officials have not alleged Aimco broke any laws, Kobler said. The county building inspector ordered the review as a safety precaution, she said.

A witness said between four and six people were on the second-story balcony when it collapsed and fell about eight feet Monday evening, according to police. Four people suffered serious injuries in the collapse.

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