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Two-Story Koreatown Apartment Building Partially Collapses

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Although 30 residents were displaced after a two-story apartment building partially collapsed in Koreatown on Sunday night, authorities later found that the building was safe and let the residents back in their homes.

The overhang on the top of the apartment complex located on the 2900 block of W. 8th Street collapsed around 8 p.m., according to CBS Los Angeles. LAFD's Katherine Main said eight units were affected due to the exterior stucco collapsing.

Resident Fernando Crisotomo described what it was like when it collapsed: “I was walking up the stairs and I heard this loud noise, and it looked like the whole roof was falling. I turned back and I thought, ‘they’re going to blame me.’ I guess the building is just old."

Residents evacuated the building, and after inspectors scoped it out, they deemed that the structural integrity of the building was sound, and allowed residents to return to their apartments around 9:30 p.m., reported KTLA. The damage was more cosmetic than anything.

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According to City News Service, Building and Safety Code Enforcement will be looking into repairs tomorrow. It's not clear at this moment what caused the overhang to collapse.

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