The world famous Apollo theater, in Hammersmith London, has collapsed in the middle of a show, injuring 88 people. The Telegraph reports that ‘more than 80 people were injured’ as the roof collapsed halfway through a packed performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
The cast of the show, based on a book about an Autistic boy trying to solve the murder of his neighbor’s dog, stopped their performance in the middle of the show to point at the ceiling and alert the crowd of the impending doom.
Eyewitnesses said that they saw some of the 700+ audience members trapped under the debris of the collapsed ceiling, people were screaming for help, bleeding and with broken bones.
The London Ambulance Service said that they had treated 81 people, 7 of whom were more seriously injured.
The London Fire Brigade sent eight fire trucks to the scene to help rescue those trapped under the debris, and have no said that everyone is out.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) December 19, 2013
The roof apparently collapsed on the stalls area of the theater, which are among the most expensive seats, in the 112 year old building.
Investigators at the London Fire Brigade are looking into the possibility that scaffolding at the building site next door to the theater might have had something to do with the roof collapse, as of yet, they don’t think it is related.
Apparently the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue has collapsed — Must have been a good performance to bring the house down.
— Trader Pete (@_Trader_Pete_) December 19, 2013
Our thoughts go out to those who were in the Apollo Theater during the Show and were injured or in shock.