Decks collapse during firefighter event; at least 22 injured

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At least three are children

New Jersey deck collapse

First responders work the scene of a building structure damage in Wildwood, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Officials say several people were injured when decks collapsed on one another at the three-story residence on the Jersey Shore. (Ahmad Austin/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Hospital officials say at least 22 people were injured when decks collapsed on one another at a three-story home at the Jersey Shore.

Cape May Regional Health System says 21 people are being treated after Saturday evening’s collapse in Wildwood. At least three are children.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City says at least one additional person was taken there for treatment.

The conditions of the injured were unclear.

Nearby resident Joann Devito says she was sitting on her own deck when she heard a noise, turned and “saw the whole thing caving in.”

She says she saw “two women running and screaming.”

The collapse occurred during annual firefighters convention in the beach resort town. Firefighters were likely among those hurt or trapped.

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