Monday, September 06, 1999

11 injured in collapse of apartment balcony

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Eleven people were injured Sunday night and taken to hospitals when a condominium balcony collapsed shortly after the Riverfest fireworks started, according to Covington firefighters.

        An undetermined number of people standing on a third-floor balcony at 1232 Riverview Place fell about 30 feet when one side of it collapsed. The injuries were not life-threatening, although at least one appeared serious, officials said.

        Covington Fire Capt. Kirk Reinhart said he was unsure how many of the injured were on the balcony and how many were below and hit by falling debris.

        Rick Hegge was in town from his Taylor Mill home to watch the fireworks at a friend's house when he was told of the collapse nearby. He ran down to check on the injured.

        “Everyone was pretty much laying still on the ground,” Mr. Hegge said. “There seemed to be a lot of broken bones. Everyone seemed to be in a lot of pain.”

        Four of the injured were transported to St. Elizabeth South (one was later taken to University Hospital), four to St. Elizabeth North, two to University Hospital and one to another hospital.

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