21 children injured in San Diego platform collapse

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- Dozens of children were injured Saturday when a platform collapsed at an indoor entertainment complex in California.

Adults and children were gathered for a birthday party at Vault PK at 1699 Main Street when a 10-by-30-feet platform that was 10 feet above the ground collapsed shortly before 8 p.m., falling on several people, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Wright told the Los Angeles Times the victims included 21 children and two adults, aged 72 and 46.

The childrens' injuries ranged from minor to moderate. "We are truly heartbroken tonight, as these children and their parents aren't just our members - we see them weekly, they are our gym family", Ho said.

One parent who did not provide his name said the stairwell collapsed while many children were running up and down from a loft to get pizza.

Parents rushed to the area to find their children.

Update: An earlier version of this story indicated the accident happened at Total Combat Paintball. Vault PK specializes in parkour, a physically demanding sport that requires athletes to navigate military-style obstacle courses. On the particular night that the incident took place the gym was open for children between the ages of five and 14. Smith said that the "freak accident" could have been avoided if the structure was built to hold the weight of a larger crowd.

The statement continued, "We are working with authorities and will continue to do so to resolve this".

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

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