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Ceiling collapses at El Cajon apartment complex

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) – Dozens of people are displaced Monday after a ceiling collapse at an El Cajon apartment complex.

It happened at the Village Green complex in the 700 block of south Magnolia Avenue.

Building inspectors have also advised other residents at the complex to stay elsewhere after they found 22 other units – about a quarter of the units at Village Green -- with bowing ceilings.

Resident Emery Wright says he thought it was a car crash, but it was the sound of his neighbor's ceiling caving in.

"It sounded like two cars crashing, that's what I thought it was," Wright told CBS News 8.

There were no injuries reported.

CBS News 8 followed as inspectors and Heartland Fire crews checked other units and found the ceilings were bowing. A few hours later, inspectors gathered affected families in the courtyard and warned them they have unstable ceilings.

"We do have a concern, (the ceilings) need to be worked on, they need to be looked at. We are telling people we are not happy with the way they are. We are telling people they should take management's offer to be put up in a hotel," Dan Pavao of El Cajon Building/Fire Safety said.

Inspectors believe it's the age of the building that may have caused the problem, saying the nails were put in properly, but the weight of the ceiling pulled the nails through, causing the ceiling to collapse.

It was unclear how long it would take to make the necessary repairs.

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