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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A startling accident at Mason Court last week sent several people to the hospital. A small section of ceiling collapsed.

The Huntsville Housing Authority says everyone is out of the hospital now, and says it is also working to ensure the safety of all residents.

HHA Executive Director Michael Lundy said recent upgrades to the units alleviate concerns that it could stem from a larger problem.

"Within the last year, we replaced all the roofs on all the buildings in that development, so there's no concern from us about any water penetration," said Lundy.

All the same, the housing authority is taking steps to re-evaluate the homes.

"In reaction to that particular mishap, I directed our management staff to inspect 100 percent of the units," said Lundy.

Despite the new inspections, the HHA is still confident in its general maintenance practices.

"We have a HUD inspection every year, and then we have an inspection that we pay a private firm to inspect," said Lundy.  "And our maintenance and management staff, so invariably we can inspect any one unit three times a year."

Lundy said he feels confident those inspections prevent all but the rarest of accidents.

The HHA says it is working with those in the apartment at the time to ensure they have a place to stay and get the proper repairs.

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