Dozens injured when floor collapses during religious gathering

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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 3:10 PM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – At least two dozen people were injured when a second-floor garage apartment collapsed during a religious gathering at a home west of Houston.

The West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department and Houston firefighters responded to the home just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

Fire Captain Ruy Lozano said at least 100 people were gathered for the celebration when the incident occurred. One person suffered a serious head wound and about 30 others were treated for various injuries.

"We don't have an exact count on the injuries at this time," Lozano said. "We're going to triage those that need to be treated immediately and then transport them as quickly as possible. Those that have minor scrapes, we'll just make sure they're not hurt and then they can go home."

The youngest patient was reportedly 8 years old, firefighters told WFAA's sister station in Houston, KHOU.

The view from the air showed several people being treated outside the home, which was evacuated. A few patients were loaded on to stretchers and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The collapse was not visible from outside the garage, but one exterior wall showed signs of rippling or buckling due to the collapse.

Lozano said an investigation into the incident will begin once the medical response is over.

"That will come after this response is over, then we'll start looking at the investigative process and  if there were any structural problems," he said. "We'll probably bring in some engineers to look it over.

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