Balcony collapses at City Rescue Mission; Five people injured

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Emergency crews rushed to a local shelter following a balcony collapse on Friday morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m., dispatchers received a call asking for help at the City Rescue Mission, located in the 800 block of W. California.

Four young mothers were standing on a balcony located on the women's side of the facility, and another woman was standing nearby, when it gave way.

Rescue crews said it is a good thing no one was standing under the heavy concrete structure when it came crashing down.

"The ones that were injured, were injured from the fall itself," said Oklahoma City Fire Department Chief Benny Fulkerson.

All five injured women were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the clients and their families, and the Mission will continue to take steps to help with any further investigation," said Adam Jones, Executive Assistant with City Rescue Mission.

Fulkerson said it is not clear exactly what led to the collapse.

"We don't know what that weight limit was or anything like that. It could have collapsed with one or two people on it. We just don't know what the condition was of the balcony at the time of the collapse," Fulkerson said.

To be on the safe side, the City Rescue Mission has closed all balconies connected to its buildings.

"It's just an unfortunate situation," Fulkerson said.