Theatre Collapse

December 20, 2013 by  

Theatre Collapse, Nearly 80 people were injured, nine seriously, when part of a theatre ceiling collapsed during a packed West End show in London.

Eyewitnesses described “chaos and panic” as 10 sq m of plaster and masonry crashed on to people seated in the stalls 40 minutes into a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

An investigation into the roof collapse is being carried out this morning
They said there was a loud creaking before the cave-in, which left the Apollo Theatre engulfed in thick dust and debris. One witness reported hearing an actor yell “watch out” to the audience.

Structural engineers and a district surveyor from Westminster City Council are carrying out a structural assessment of the building. They are due to give an update on their investigation this afternoon.

Stretchers carried out some of the more seriously injured
Some onlookers said water dripped through the ceiling before the collapse, raising speculation that heavy rain may be one line of inquiry. There were storms and lightning strikes in the capital at the time of the incident.

Nimax Theatres, which owns the Apollo, described the collapse as a “shocking and upsetting incident”, and said its thoughts were “with the audience and staff”.

Many of those injured were described as “walking wounded”
Police commandeered three London buses to take the injured to hospital, many of whom were described as “walking wounded”. A makeshift triage centre was set up at the nearby Gielgud Theatre.

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