21 children injured in San Diego platform collapse

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2017

Nearly two dozen children were injured when a stairwell collapsed at an indoor obstacle course gym in California Saturday night, San Diego Fire-Rescue said.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

"It could have been much worse", San Diego Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Steve Wright said. All are expected to survive.

The platform, which was 10-by-30-feet and suspended 10 feet above the ground, collapsed at Vault PK, a San Diego gym that specializes in parkour, FOX5 San Diego reported. Distressed parents rushed to the facility to be reunited with their children.

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City building inspectors arrived to survey the scene Saturday night and will continue to investigate the collapse on Sunday. Children were also running up and down the stairwell to get pizza just before the incident, another parent told the newspaper.

Authorities say at least 21 children and two adults were injured. Many parents were probably using a Groupon that had been offered for the event, he said.

Joe Saari said that when he and his wife dropped off their two children for a few hours, there were 100 to 150 kids at the warehouse, which includes trampolines and bouncy houses.

A stairwell collapsed at an indoor gym in Barrio Logan, San Diego. His son, who was there for a birthday party, suffered minor scrapes after being on the platform when it fell. However, none of them were injured. Injuries were "very minor to moderate". Many victims were being carried off in ambulances by medical personnel.

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