Firefighters from the Houston Fire Department and the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department joined forces in Katy after as many as 30 people were injured when the home they were in collapsed during a religious celebration.
One person suffered a serious head injury from the accident, which authorities believe occurred when the second floor of a garage apartment gave way. Pictures taken by KHOU’s Air 11 helicopter show buckled panels on the side of the garage apartment.
A crowd, estimated at around 100, was gathered in and under the garage apartment, as well as in a tented area connected to the garage. Eyewitnesses heard a “crack and boom,” as the floor of the garage began to fall, KHOU reports. Many in the crowd had come from Chicago, Dallas and other cities to hear a Jainism religious leader speak.
Those on the scene immediately rushed to help those trapped under the debris, using flooring to act as beams as others rushed in to rescue those trapped. Three area hospitals are receiving the most seriously injured and paramedics are treating the less seriously injured on the scene.
See the KHOU report here: