36 taken to hospitals after Texas floor collapses

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm •  Published: June 26, 2014
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KATY, Texas (AP) — A floor collapsed under a large crowd of people gathered for a religious event Thursday at a suburban Houston home, sending three dozen people to hospitals, though most suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

The collapse occurred while as many as 125 people assembled for the event in a residential neighborhood in Katy, just west of Houston. People were in an apartment above a detached garage when the floor gave way, though it wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside at the time, West I-10 Fire Department spokesman Tim Thomas said.

He said 36 people were taken to hospitals, mostly with minor injuries, though three people suffered "urgent" but not critical injuries.

More than a dozen ambulances rushed to the scene shortly after the collapse was reported around 1 p.m. A few people were trapped when the floor above the garage "pancaked in," though emergency crews were able to pull victims free, Houston Fire Department Capt. Ruy Lozano said.

Firefighters and emergency crews treated people in a makeshift triage area set up in the grassy front yards of nearby homes. Some of those injured were lifted onto stretchers before being taken away by ambulance.

Leticia Sahagun-Rubio, who lives across the street, said she was in her home when she heard a commotion outside. When she looked at her neighbor's home, "I saw streams of people were just coming out," she said.

She said many of them couldn't speak English, so she started giving them water. She said emergency crews arrived almost immediately.

"It was just a stream of ambulances. For 30 minutes, you could hear nothing but ambulances," she said.

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