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Dozens injured in ceiling collapse in Houston

English.news.cn   2014-06-27 04:56:25

HOUSTON, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of people were injured after a garage ceiling collapsed at a private home in the U.S. city of Houston Thursday, local media reported.

The second floor of a garage apartment collapsed during a religious gathering in west Houston early Thursday afternoon, sending dozens into hospitals with injuries, according to multiple local media outlets.

As many as 150 people were inside the apartment when the collapse occurred. The Houston Chronicle, quoting a spokesperson with Houston fire department, said some 30 people were injured. One of them is in critical condition while the others' injuries are not life-threatening.

Local TV KTRK said 36 people were sent to area hospitals. Most of the injuries are said to be minor. Some victims were trapped and others pulled them out. All individuals have been reportedly accounted for.

An emergency crew described the inside of the garage structure as "pancaked." The apartment's flooring gave way and collapsed into the garage below.

Earlier TV footage showed several people being treated outside the home and a few victims loaded onto stretchers. The collapse was not visible from outside, but one exterior wall showed signs of buckling.

It is not clear what led to the collapse. Authorities said an investigation into the incident will begin once the medical response is over.

Editor: yan
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