On Saturday afternoon, emergency services from Polson, Kalispell, Evergreen, and several other departments responded to a call of a deck collapse at Glacier Camp in Lakeside off of Highway 93 S. Authorities now say more than 30 people were taken to hospitals after the second-story deck of a Montana lodge collapsed during a memorial event for a firefighter. About 50 people were gathered to remember William Nickel.
Dozens of people were injured, some critically, after a second-story deck collapsed at a Montana lodge Saturday during a funeral, officials said. This is not the first time a deck has collapsed in the Flathead Valley.
Leslie Dillon told the newspaper she walked away with some bruising, but many of her friends and relatives were taken away by ambulance.
Lake County emergency services said a group of people were attending a memorial service at Glacier Camp, in Lakeside, when the balcony on the second story of one of the buildings collapsed. Five people are in critical condition, but there are no reported fatalities, he told the TV stations. Some victims had serious injuries and had to be airlifted.
The incident occurred at Glacier Camp in Lakeside, a “Christ-centered” retreat location, according to its Twitter bio.
Somers fire department told NBC one person was taken to Missoula’s Providence Saint Patrick Hospital via a Life Flight helicopter, and ten went to the hospital in personal vehicles.
The Somers/Lakeside Fire Department said the cause of the collapse is under investigation.