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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00cat

22 people injured after deck collapses in New Jersey

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Numerous people were trapped (22 of them injured) after a multi-story deck gave way in a beach house of Wildwood, New Jersey.

The incident occurred on Saturday, September 14, 2019, during the annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention. The decks of the 2nd and 3rd floor of a building located in East Baker Avenue, suddenly collapsed trapping many people under the rubble. 

According to a witness, the deck on the 2nd floor first gave way and was followed by the one on the 3rd floor. Remarkably, a man on the 1st floor was reported to be holding the deck on the 2nd floor with one hand. Two more women were witnessed to jump off the upper decks before the structure fell apart.

Emergency crews including the local police department, ambulances and rescue teams rushed at the scene to pull out those trapped. According to Daniel F. Speigel, Wildwood City Fire Department Chief, firefighters participating in the annual meeting helped with the rescue operations which were completed in record time. “Whoever they were, I wanted to throw a shout out to them for helping us get the victims removed. All victims were removed in under an hour and transported (to the hospital), which is pretty phenomenal," Speigel stated.

One victim was airlifted and transferred to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center located in Atlantic City. 21 more people were transferred to Cape May Regional Health System. All of them but 2 were released on the same night. The remaining patients were taken to a local trauma center. Fortunately, no one is in critical condition.

According to a local, the initial building was constructed in the 1930s but, in 2004, it was converted into a condominium unit.

The city officials have not yet issued any details concerning the causes of the collapse. Currently, the fire department, engineers and the owners of the house are working to stabilize the structure's roof which remains unsupported after the collapse.

Sources: NJ NYtimes CNN RT





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