A popular bar in Nashville was evacuated after a portion of the outdoor deck seemingly collapsed.
Patrons at Loser’s Bar and Grill in Midtown were enjoying their Wednesday (August 3) evening ahead of Whiskey Jam when the floor of the deck suddenly buckled around 6 p.m., WKRN reports. There were also reports of a potential gas leak. While initial reports stated the deck collapsed, the Nashville Fire Department has since confirmed the incident is not classified as a collapse. No injuries were reported.
In a statement from the Nashville Fire Department, officials said the portion of property is temporarily closed off to the public, News Channel 5 reports.
“At this time, the Fire Marshal’s Office evaluated the issue and advised the owner to make the necessary repairs,” the statement reads. “Management voluntarily closed the affected portion of the building, and it will remain closed until those repairs are completed by a licensed professional.”
Loser’s owner Steve Ford issued a statement following the incident, thanking patrons, staff and fire officials for the response to the unexpected buckling.
“Last night is just another example of why we love Nashville and consider it an honor to serve this community. We rally for each other,” the statement reads, in part. “We apologize for any inconvenience to those of you unable to see the show. We hope you understand our commitment to prioritize your safety first.”
NADRA reminds homeowners to Check Your Deck®
“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*. Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.” It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.
NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, InterNACHI as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.
The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.
SOURCE iheart.com, See original article published HERE