Portland orders decks removed after tenant dies in fall

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PORTLAND — A Cape Elizabeth man has until May 8 to remove three decks from the rear of his 563 Cumberland Ave. property, after a tenant fell to his death April 22.

After an inspection April 24, Harry Krigman was ordered by city Deputy Director of Inspections Jon Rioux to file for a building permit by Friday to remove the three floors of decks that are not used as emergency escape routes.

Donald Stain, 53, fell almost 20 feet after leaning on a deck rail around 3 p.m. April 22. Stain was smoking a cigarette on a second-story porch when the railing he was leaning on gave way. He landed on an asphalt surface, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death was reported at 3:15 p.m. and is being investigated by police and the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

City tax records show the three-story building was constructed in 1900 and was bought in 1997 by Krigman, who also owns properties at 528 Deering Ave. and 218 Walton St. All are multi-family rentals, and City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said they will also be inspected.

Grondin urged building residents to inspect roof decks and porches, and to report possible violations and request inspections through the Fixit! Portland web page.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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The owner of the apartment house at 563 Cumberland Ave. was ordered to remove three rear porches by city inspectors after tenant Donald Stain fell to his death from the second floor on April 22.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.