Collapse of building overhang in Mesa caused by rain?

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(Source: Mesa Fire and Medical Department via Twitter) (Source: Mesa Fire and Medical Department via Twitter)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The collapse of an overhang on a small Mesa apartment building has the City sending inspectors to check out neighboring homes.

Nobody was hurt when the overhang on the building at 2302. E. Broadway Road (just west of 24th Street) went down Monday, but the incident is prompting questions, including whether the recent rain might have been a factor.

The Mesa Fire and Medical Department tweeted photos of the rubble left behind by the collapse and said the structure itself was “not affected.”

According to Zillow.com, the place houses four units and was built in 1972, which makes it almost 45 years old.

“Looking at the building, rain may have exacerbated the problem in age of the building,” Deputy Chief Forrest Smith of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department said in an email response to our inquiry. “City building department officials will be assessing the construction of neighboring apartments and the site itself to determine if there are any construction flaws.”

Two people have been displaced.

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