TORONTO - A woman was in critical condition Friday after falling from the balcony of a low-rise apartment building when a railing collapsed during the wee hours of the morning.
Paramedics and police were called around 1:30 a.m. to an old, four-storey walk-up, after a 21-year-old woman fell from a second-floor walkout that sits over the building’s front doors.
The woman was leaning on the walkout’s metal railing when it dislodged from the building’s brickwork, Toronto Police Staff-Sgt. Robert Bryce said.
She fell about three metres to the ground below, suffered serious head injuries, and was rushed to hospital, Bryce said.
After the incident, the balcony’s wooden platform appeared to be deteriorating and collapsing on one side and there dark holes were visible in the brick walls where the metal railing used to be.
Const. Victor Kwong said paramedics called police after arriving at the scene, and that one police officer noted the building’s railing was in “disrepair.”
The building, overall, is in a perpetual state of disrepair, some residents said.
“The building is in rough shape, and it takes a while for anything to get done,” said one resident but didn’t want his name published for fear of being evicted. “There are some guys that do maintain things … but I’ve never seen anybody on that balcony before.”
The building is currently managed by Whitestone property management, he said.