Ceiling Collapse at London Theater Injures Over 80 People

By Peter DePaolis

A ceiling collapse that occurred on December 19 at the famous Apollo Theatre in London’s Soho district is said to have injured at least 80 people, according to a CNN report. Investigators of the collapse have ruled out any foul play in their initial assessment of the wreckage. However, the Westminster City Council will continue the investigation into the exact reasoning behind the ceiling failure.

At the time of the collapse, a reported 720 people were in the auditorium enjoying the play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Nine people reported serious injuries after chunks of plaster began falling five stories onto the individuals below. Three people who sustained injuries needed the assistance of firefighters after ceiling debris trapped them inside the theater.

Seventy-nine individuals obtained medical attention from the London Ambulance Service, with 56 receiving transportation to local hospitals for treatment. Most of those affected by the collapse complained of breathing problems due to the dust from the fallen plaster, while others suffered cuts and possible trauma from falling planks and ceiling debris.

The theater, which opened its door in 1901, is more than a century old. All historic theaters in London must undergo roof safety inspections every three years by law. Some are speculating whether the heavy rain that occurred earlier that evening may have played a part in the roof collapsing.

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Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/20/world/europe/britain-london-theater-collapse/

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.