- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Five people sustained injuries Friday when a second-floor balcony collapsed at a ministry for the homeless near downtown.

Four people were standing on the City Rescue Mission balcony when it collapsed, and another was on the ground nearby, according to Oklahoma City Fire Department spokesman Benny Fulkerson. The injuries were not life-threatening, Fulkerson said.

“The fire department has stabilized the structure and characterized the collapse as an accident,” the charity said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the clients and their families, and the Mission will continue to take steps to help with any further investigation.”

Ambulances took the injured to a nearby hospital. Emergency personnel did not determine the cause of the collapse, but they worked to ensure other parts of the structure were safe before they left, Fulkerson said.

Less than two hours after receiving the call, emergency vehicles had cleared out, leaving a pile of rubble outside the shelter roped off with caution tape.

A black jacket, rent in two, was pinned partly between a post and a metal sheet. The other half lay 20 feet away.

The City Rescue Mission provides meals and services to the homeless in Oklahoma City.



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