5 dead, 8 injured in balcony collapse in California: Breaking news
As many as five people have reportedly died and eight people injured in a balcony collapse incident in Berkeley.
Latest reports suggest that a balcony in an apartment collapsed earlier today. Police officials suggest that at least five people have been confirmed to be dead while eight others have sustained injuries, many of them seriously.
Officials have also confirmed that a couple of seriously injured people are in critical condition and many others have also received life-threatening injuries.
While condoling the death of Irish citizens Charlie Flanagan, Irelandâ€™s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said, â€œIt 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 todayâ€¦My heart goes out to all the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured in this appalling accident. My Department in Dublin stands ready to provide all possible consular assistance to the Irish citizens affected by this tragedyâ€.
The incident happened around midnight and reports suggest that the police received a call about the incident shortly before 1 a.m. local time Tuesday, and when officers arrived they found that the balcony on the fourth floor of the building on Kittredge Street had disintegrated. The building is two blocks away from the University of California, Berkeley campus.