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Platform collapses at San Diego gym, injuring 21 children

Platform collapses at San Diego gym, injuring 21 children

At least 20 children were injured when a stairwell collapsed Saturday night during a birthday party at a parkour gym in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood.

The newspaper reported that one parent said the stairwell collapsed when dozens of children ran up and down to get pizza from a loft. Three or four of the injuries were said to be more serious although none were life-threatening, San Diego Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Steve Wright said. All are expected to survive.

San Diego Police officials said that the incident occurred at Vault PK at 1699 Main Street after a 10-by-30-feet platform suspended 10 feet off the ground collapsed, falling on at least 21 children. The facility in question includes trampolines and bouncy houses.

Vault PK owner and founder Jessica Ho issued a statement about the accident, saying she was "devastated". Children who were above and below the structure were hurt.

According to the San Diego Fire Department, the injuries were considered minor to moderate.

Parkour is a physical discipline in which participants attempt to get from one point to another, often involving jumping from one structure to another at obstacle course-like facilities.

Zacharty Smith, who went to the parkour centre with his son, described the scene to the LA TImes as a "freak accident".

After the incident children were seen huddled in groups - some with their parents and guardians - outside the center, as emergency service vehicles lined the area.

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