London theatre roof collapse causes multiple casualties

by on 19/12/2013

LONDON | A theatre in central London partially collapsed, on Thursday night, during a performance at the height of the Christmas season, with police saying there were “a number” of casualties. It wasn’t immediately clear if the roof, ceiling or balcony collapsed at the Apollo Theatre during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime. The London Fire Brigade said it believed between 20 and 40 people were injured and that all casualties trapped in the Apollo theatre had been freed.

“We have treated 81 walking wounded and seven more seriously injured patients at the Apollo Theatre incident,” London Ambulance Service said in a statement.

Police said officers were called at around 2015 GMT to reports of a ceiling collapse at the theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in central London. “We are aware of casualties,” a police spokesman said, but did not elaborate.

Witnesses said that part of a balcony in the auditorium appeared to have collapsed.

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