The owner of an East Oakland home where a deck collapsed over the weekend is being cited for not having a permit to build the deck in the first place.
Nine people who were on the wooden deck when it pulled away from the home on the 7800 block of Outlook Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday were injured, officials said. Three of them were hospitalized. The most severe injuries were broken bones, according to the Oakland Fire Department.
The deck fell at least 10 feet, an Oakland building official said.
"It appears that under the weight of the deck itself and the occupants on top of the deck, it came down and actually flipped itself over, upside down," said Deborah Sandercock, deputy director for the city's Department of Planning and Building.
"The nails that were into the wall of the house were pulled straight out," Sandercock said. She believes that the structure may have pulled away from the home because its connection with the house was too weak.