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Family Wants to Know When Porch Will be Fixed After Collapse
DAYTON -- You saw our exclusive coverage of a porch collapse Sunday night on Vernon Drive on Dayton's west side and now for the first time hear from the 10 year old who took the first fall.
"I was coming home from the park and I walked up the stairs and when I was standing right on the porch I went for the door and the whole thing just collapsed," said Tayshawn Hardin.
All it took was his 102 pounds to bring the porch down.
"Oh my God. I can't believe I just fell all the way down there," he said.
"Just the screams, when I heard him say 'Mommy' I can't explain it," said his mom Latisha Hardin. "It was just sending chills through my body. I have never heard that kind of scream come out of him so I know he had to be petrified. I ran out to see what is wrong with my baby and then I fell too."
The fall was several feet.
"We were able to stand up and still couldn't reach the top of it to get out until a neighbor came with a ladder," Latisha said. "We waited for the fire department and they had to lift him out."
To add insult to injury it's been 5 days and "Still no answers on whether it is safe or not to live here," said Latisha.
Finally today, we heard back from her property manager that they are currently taking estimates for insurance purposes and are working to fix this porch as soon as possible.
But neighbors say, this was preventable if the previous owners fixed this porch correctly the first time it collapsed more than a decade ago.
"They know they have to knock down that whole part and then rebuild it again," said Poncho Kenerly who has lived here for about 35 years. "They cannot just patch that because sooner or later it's going to cave-in again."
Looking at recent pictures of the just cracked porch, Latisha says this was too close of a call.
"I also have a three-year-old," she said. "Fortunately he was not here when the accident happened because I know he would not be able to survive the fall. And if he was here he would no doubt it will really be out playing with his brother."
Latisha has hired a lawyer.
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