Woonsocket father, son injured after falling from third-story balcony

By Kirsten Glavin

kglavin@abc6.com

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WOONSOCKET – Sunday morning Albert Dugas Jr. was throwing trash bags off of his third-floor balcony, when the entire railing gave way.  His five year old son, Alert Dugas The Third,  reached out his hand to try and help, but both ended up falling more than 30 feet to the ground.

"I heard a knock at my door and I went to go open the door, and I saw his son standing there. And I heard him screaming to call the ambulance,” said Alysha Clifford, a resident on the second floor.

A pile of trash broke the fathers fall. His son wasn’t so lucky.  Residents said the boy fell head first into a bucket, just missing the picket fence nearby.

Resident Mark Buxton said he saw blood on the bucket, and the boy had a broken arm as well as a gash on his jaw.  "He had a big gash on his left side, wide open, and he had cuts and bruises all over his face."

Roger Cote, the landlord, said none of this would have happened if they’d simply stayed off the balcony, adding he even locked the door to the outside.  "The porch was in repair mode and he shouldn’t have been out on the porch,” said Cote.

But residents say the balcony was out of code for at least 4 months.  Dugas was very upset, telling ABC6 News he received a text message from his landlord, instructing him to remove the trash from that balcony.

"I would never risk my child or myself if I knew it was unfit,” said Dugas.