To recap on today’s tragic events:
Six people have been killed after an apartment balcony collapsed in California.
Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has confirmed all the deceased are Irish citizens who were at a 21st birthday party.
Seven more people are have been injured – with many said to be fighting for their lives. Mr Flanagan said he believed all the injured are also from Ireland.
Emergency crews were called to the scene in Berkeley, CA, shortly after 1am local time – 9am UK time – after the fourth floor balcony came crashing to the ground.
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According to reports Tuesday, five people died and eight others were wounded when a fourth-floor balcony collapsed early Tuesday in Berkeley, California.
The area is a popular destination for J1 students and there are reports that there was an Irish 21st birthday party taking place in the apartment at the time.
It is believed the balcony, which was on the fourth floor, collapsed first on to the balcony below and then onto the path.
Berkeley Police said a number of people had died and a number of others were seriously injured in the incident.
The survivors’ injuries were “very serious and potentially life-threatening,” Berkeley Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.
Ms Coats said police were working with the fire department and city officials to work out what caused the collapse.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he had opened the department’s Consular Crisis Centre and activated its emergency response line so it could provide assistance and guidance to the families of those affected and to others who had concerns.
He added that the Irish Consul General in San Francisco was in close contact with the authorities and would also be providing assistance.