Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Children hurt when stairwell collapses in San Diego

Children hurt when stairwell collapses in San Diego

A stairway collapse at a crowded San Diego parkour facility injured 21 children and two adults on Saturday evening. Officials say there were about 50 children on the platform eating pizza when the structure collapsed. Twenty-one children were also taken to hospitals, Ysea said. All are expected to survive.

The incident occurred 7:40 p.m. local time (10:40 p.m. EST) at Vault PK on Main Street near Sigsbee Street. "We are truly heartbroken tonight, as these children and their parents aren't just our members - we see them weekly, they are our gym family", Ho said.

City building inspectors arrived to survey the scene Saturday night and will continue to investigate the collapse on Sunday.

Apart from that, two adults between the ages of 46 and 72 were also injured when the 20-by-30 foot wooden deck and stairwell collapsed. Many parents were probably using a Groupon that had been offered for the event, he said. The facility in question includes trampolines and bouncy houses. Another parent said his two children suffered minor scrapes.

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Emergency vehicles outside of Vault PK in Barrio Logan. Injuries were "very minor to moderate".

"It was a freak accident", Zachary Smith, who was standing on the platform at the time it fell, told the Los Angeles Times.

Parkour is a physical discipline in which participants attempt to get from one point to another, often involving jumping from one structure to another at obstacle course-like facilities. Children huddled nearby in groups, some with parents. Many victims were being carried off in ambulances by medical personnel.

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