'Lack of structural integrity' forces condominiums to be condemned

Updated: Jun. 30, 2017 at 10:28 PM EDT
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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - A condominium complex in Carolina Beach was condemned and evacuated on Friday.

Carolina Beach Fire Department Captain Ken Athing said Friday night that the Carolina Surf condos at 201 Carolina Beach Avenue South were shut down due to a "lack of structural integrity." Athing said the condemnation and evacuation happened between 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday.

A news release sent from the Town of Carolina Beach shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday revealed that evaluations of the building which began several weeks ago concluded the condos were in danger of collapsing because of steel corrosion.

When contractors removed some stucco siding while replacing windows, they found significant corrosion of steel and an engineering report indicated steel framing of the oceanfront decks was severely corroded.

"The engineering report released (Friday) listed the building as in significant danger of collapsing," the release read. "Town staff and the homeowners association worked together to safely remove the occupants from the building and secure the area."

The release went on to say that people in the Carolina Surf condos either returned to their primary residences or worked with rental agencies to be relocated.

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