A happy family reunion at Trappe Fire Chief Brian Long's home Saturday evening took a frightening turn as the deck the family had gathered on collapsed from underneath them.
Standing together for a photo opportunity, the deck "just cracked," Long said.
At least three people were transported to Lehigh and Phoenixville hospitals. Emergency personnel described most injuries as "minor."
Long was still at his home and was treating his leg with an ice pack. Trappe Battalion Chief Jeremy Burke said it was fortunate no one was under the deck at the time.
According to an update e-mailed shortly before 10 p.m., "The deck and house were inspected by the Trappe Borough Fire Marshal and the Trappe Building Inspector. The deck is being dismantled by Total Restoration of Limerick and the house was deemed safe and usable by the inspectors. All injured parties are stable and are being treated at area hospitals."
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Trappe Fire Police directed traffic away from the scene on Bonny Brook Avenue.
The earlier editions of this story are below:
Update 7:56 p.m.: According to Long, he was host of a family reunion at his home. The deck collapsed during a photo opportunity of the entire family.
Three family members were transported to Lehigh and Phoenixville hospitals, according to those on scene. Long, himself, sustained minor injuries being treated currently by ice pack.
A Patch reporter is on the scene in Trappe, where a deck has collapsed. At least three persons have been reported as being transferred for emergency care.
The collapse occurred at 525 Bonny Brooke Ave., Trappe, the home of Trappe Fire Chief Brian Long. Reports from the scene are that patients are being transported, and the block surrounding the home is closed for emergency crews to have access.
Stay tuned into Patch for more information as it becomes available.