5 killed in balcony collapse near Berkeley campus

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At least five people are dead and eight injured after a balcony collapsed in an apartment building near the University of California’s Berkeley campus.

Police have yet to confirm the identities of the victims, though Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan reportedly said a number of young Irish citizens died in the incident. The luxury building is home to mostly Berkeley students

A local reporter said the victims appeared to be “student-aged.”

“It looks like it may have collapsed from the fourth floor and then struck the third floor balcony that’s just below it,” Jennifer Coats, a spokeswoman with the Berkeley Police Department, told reporters. “But we don’t know specifically how it’s happened at this point, so that’s all going to be part of the investigation.” Read more…

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