DORCHESTER (CBS) – Four children were treated for minor injuries after a porch collapsed in Dorchester Saturday afternoon.

It happened at a home on Crowell Street.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

WBZ Radio’s Doug Cope reports

porch collapse1 Children Escape Dorchester Porch Collapse

(photo by Dominick Aielli)

The children were making a snowman on a third floor porch when it suddenly fell apart, dropped on top of the second floor porch and then to the ground.

The four kids were taken to Boston Medical Center, where they were treated for bumps and bruises and released.

The building inspector is looking into what caused the collapse.

It happened at the same home where a 36-year-old man was shot and killed on November 29.

Comments (4)
  1. cynic says:

    What is the connection between a man being shot and a porch collapsing?

  2. emom says:

    the collapse was due to neglect to the frame work.. if it is not checked every year for ROT and then repaired well this is what happened…. and the weight can and will be a major factor as well… why is this not a thought in anyones brain….. glad the kids are ok.. to many porchs seem to collapse ..

  3. joethecarpenter says:

    I hope the guy that got shot was the one who built this mess. The floor joists are going in the wrong direction and there is no way they used lag bolts to attach the wall plate to the existing sill. God only knows how big the support posts were. Pathetic carpentry. Did this get inspected? Doubt it, no permit, behind the house and out of site.

  4. cynic says:

    I hated Back Porches…..I used to visit friends in Dorchester. They always said ” Go out on the back porch if youi are going to smoke”…They had no idea how much I hated that and them”…I stopped visiting them.

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