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Deck collapses at Montana lodge, injuring more than 25

Somers/Lakeside Fire Department
Somers/Lakeside Fire Department

(LAKESIDE, Montana) — Approximately 25 people were injured, some critically, after a deck collapsed at a lodge in northwest Montana Saturday afternoon, the local fire department said.

The incident occurred at Glacier Camp in Lakeside, a “Christ-centered” retreat location, according to its Twitter bio.

Fourteen people were taken to local hospitals, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told ABC affiliate KFBB-TV. Medical personnel classify the severity of injuries in green, yellow and red stages, with red being the most critical. Bell said some of those injured were in the red category.

Those injured were attending a memorial service at Glacier Camp’s Spruce Lodge when the balcony on the second floor collapsed, according to KFBB-TV.

Eyewitnesses said the deck felt “spongy” on one side and then collapsed.

On its website, Glacier Camp wrote, “This afternoon, we had a major accident at camp. Please join us in praying for the injured and their families. We are grateful to all of the EMTs/paramedics, fire departments and first responders who came to our aid. We ask for your prayers for all involved. We will not have camp in session this week.”

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