Five killed in US balcony collapse

Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A number of young Irish people have died after a balcony collapsed in the US.

Five people were killed and eight others injured when a fourth-floor balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California, early today, according to local reports.

Dublin’s Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives, while a number of others have been seriously injured following the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California, earlier today.”

It is reported the balcony fell on to a footpath from the top of a four-storey building shortly after midnight local time.

Berkeley Fire Department and city officials are said to be on the scene, which has been sealed off.

“My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured in this appalling accident,” said Mr Flanagan.

“My department in Dublin stands ready to provide all possible consular assistance to the Irish citizens affected by this tragedy.”

Jennifer Coats, a spokeswoman with the Berkeley Police Department, told local media that many of the injured have critical, life-threatening wounds.

“We don’t have a lot of specific detail at this point because they (investigators) are still trying to work through it all,” said Ms Coats.

There has been no immediate details of how the incident occurred at the apartment and retail building on Kittredge Street in the university city.

Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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