New York Daily News
At least 22 people were injured, including some children, when a multilevel deck collapsed during a firefighter event at the Jersey Shore on Saturday night, according to authorities.
The collapse took place at about 6 p.m. during the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention, which attracts thousands to the resort town of Wildwood.
No deaths were reported.
“I was sitting on the deck up there, and I heard this noise, so I turned and looked and saw the whole thing caving in,” said neighbor Joann Devito, who was across the street. “I saw two women running and screaming. It was horrible.”
Twenty-one people were taken to Cape May Regional Health System, including three children, according to The Associated Press. Eleven patients had been released by 10 p.m., including the children.
It was not clear how many people were on or under the decks at the time of the collapse.
“I can’t imagine when the floor goes out underneath you,” Wildwood resident Judy Quinty told NBC in Philadelphia. “Hopefully they’re OK. Say a little prayer for everybody.”
The decks looked to have been attached to a three-story building that contained a fourth-floor overhang. It appeared the second and third levels dropped onto a first-floor deck.
The overhang looked intact.
Authorities said firefighters were among those who were injured or trapped. The people who were trapped were quickly removed from the house.
“Those guys were in shock,” Diane Hollenbeck told NBC in Philadelphia. “They were crying and bloody and they said ‘I’m not going in the ambulance until all my men are accounted for.'”
An investigation into the collapse is ongoing.
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