Emergency crews remain at scene of London theater collapse
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 00:37
Dec. 20 - Emergency services keep guard outside London's Apollo Theatre after part of the ceiling collapsed the night before. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Emergency services remained outside London's Apollo Theatre on Friday morning (December 20), after part of the ceiling collapsed during a performance on Thursday night (December 19), bringing the city's West End entertainment district to a standstill.
The audience was showered with masonry and debris following the incident at the Apollo Theatre, where about 720 people including many families were watching the hugely popular play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time".
Emergency services said 88 people were injured. They described 81 as "walking wounded", many with head injuries, while seven others were taken to hospital with more serious injuries.
On Friday, the area outside the theatre was cordoned off by police, while officers kept watch. Members of the fire brigade wearing hard hats could be seen entering the building.
Witnesses said they saw the ceiling in the four-storey auditorium suddenly collapse during the performance, creating panic when those inside realised it was not part of the play.
Those injured were taken to the nearby Gielgud Theatre and a bus was used to transport those needing hospital treatment.
The Apollo first opened its doors in February 1901.
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