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6 killed, 7 injured in balcony collapse

Ohio students may be shocked to learn that six people were killed in California when a balcony collapsed on June 16 during a college party. The six individuals were identified as three women and three men all within their early 20s. Seven other individuals suffered injuries due to the collapse; although, the severity of their injuries have not been reported.

Authorities reportedly did not immediately know what caused the balcony to collapse. It appeared that the balcony became unconnected to the building, causing it to fall. The Berkeley chief of police stated that a complaint had been made regarding the noise being made at the party prior to the collapse; however, police did not respond due to shootings that were taking place in the area. Authorities were on the scene within two minutes of the collapse.

According to the Irish Foreign Minister, five of the deceased students were from Ireland. They were reportedly in the United States on short-term work visas. It appeared that they, along with at least seven other individuals, had gathered at a California apartment to celebrate someone's birthday. The sixth individual who was killed was a California resident.

Building owners or managers are responsible for ensuring that their property is not dangerous. If a person suffers an injury or dies due to dangerous property, a premises liability lawsuit may be filed against the building owner and manager. Depending on the unique case circumstances, an attorney may assist with seeking compensation for certain damages, including the cost of medical bills and punitive damages.

Source: CNN, "Balcony collapses during Irish students' party in Berkeley, killing 6", Jason Hanna and Peter Taggart, June 16, 2015

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