36 taken to hospitals after Texas floor collapses

Texas Collapse (NBC Photo)

KATY, Texas (AP) — Dozens of people were injured after officials say a 2-story garage collapsed during a celebration in west Harris County, Texas.

West I-10 Fire Department spokesman Tim Thomas says the collapse occurred as about 100 people were gathering for a religious event in a residential neighborhood in Katy, just west of Houston.

He says people were in a room above a detached garage when the floor gave way, though it’s unclear how many people were inside at the time.

He says most of the 36 people taken to hospitals weren’t seriously hurt, though three suffered “urgent” but not critical injuries.

Emergency crews set up a makeshift triage area in the front yards of several homes. Some of those injured were taken away by stretcher.

A letter distributed by the homeowner to neighbors previous to the party stated that there was to be a religious celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday with about 150 guests expected to attend.

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