26-Year-Old San Francisco Man Killed in Folsom Staircase Collapse ID’d

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FOLSOM --

The Sacramento County Coroner released the identity of the Folsom staircase collapse victim from Friday.

The coroner identified the victim as Shun Xiang Yuan, 26, of San Francisco.

Yuan died while walking down the stairs from the third floor of this friend’s apartment at the Legends at Willow Creek.

We spoke to his family who told us he went by Chris. He was an only child -- fun and smart. He was a master’s student, attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

His cousins said he was on a trip to Lake Tahoe and stopped by his friend’s apartment in Folsom, when the stairwell collapsed.

Many residents said this loss could have been avoided all together.

“I think it should have been taken care of, and it shouldn’t have taken a death of a visitor,” new resident Sylvia Delgado said.

In June 2014, a similar incident occurred. A wooden beam started to rot in the staircase landing in another building at the complex, causing a collapse. No one was hurt, and the apartment owners said they began repairs right away.

FOX40 looked up building permits at the City of Folsom for the apartment complex. Building 5’s stairwell repair permit was filed July 31, 2014. However, the permit for Building 8, where Chris Yuan died, was only filed last month.

So why did it take so long? No one, including the owners and city officials, could answer that question.

“We don't decide the construction schedule,” City of Folsom Building Chief Steve Berger said. “Basically, if they come in for a permit, we check their plans to make sure they meet the minimum codes. And when they are done with the work before they cover it up, they call us up. We verify that it meets what was shown in the plans. So we don't do any scheduling, we don't tell them it has to be done by a certain date, when they call us. We come out and take a look.”

In the meantime, there are temporary braces on several stairwells at the complex.

"It doesn't look great, but it appears to be doing the job,” Berger said. “We are just trying to get some of the load off there and disperse the load off a little bit.”

FOX40 also asked the city of Folsom for more documents regarding permits. We are still waiting for them to send us those documents.