San Diego Stairwell Collapse Injures 21 Children In Barrio Logan Gym


At least 21 kids were injured Saturday evening after a stairwell collapsed inside a recreation facility in the southwestern USA city of San Diego.

According to NBC San Diego, 21 children were transported to various hospitals nearby with minor to moderate injuries, a SDFD spokesperson said. All are expected to survive.

San Diego Fire-Rescue announced on Twitter that a stairway collapsed at Vault PK on Saturday night. A snapchat video obtained by FOX5 shows broken wooden planks and shattered glass covering the floor while parents move children to a safer area. Firefighters from the San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) rushed to the large warehouse that shares space with a paintball facility and Crossfit gym.

City building inspectors arrived to survey the scene Saturday night and will continue to investigate the collapse on Sunday.

Two women, ages 46 and 72, were the adults injured in the incident.

Vault PK owner and founder Jessica Ho issued a statement about the accident to ABC News. Parent Cory Brizendine told KGTV he suspected the platform wasn't very sturdy as between 30 or 40 children were called to the stairwell to get some pizza. Many parents were likely using a Groupon that had been offered for the evening's event, he said.

His kids suffered minor scrapes, Saari said.

Joe Saari said when he and his wife dropped off their two children for a few hours there were 100 to 150 kids at the facility, a warehouse that includes trampolines and bouncy houses. The gym specializes in parkour, which is a sport that requires athletes to navigate obstacle courses.