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Over 80 Injured In Partial London Theater Collapse

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More than 80 people were injured following the collapse of a theater in London More than 80 people were injured following the collapse of a theater in London

LONDON (AP) - British officials say more than 80 people have been injured - seven of them seriously - by a roof collapse at a packed London theater.

London Ambulance Services says it has treated 81 "walking wounded" and 7 more seriously injured patients following the collapse Thursday evening at the Apollo Theatre.

Police say they aren't aware of any fatalities "at this early stage."

The fire department said several trapped people had been rescued.

It said a section of the theater's ceiling had collapsed and took parts of its balconies down with it, sending plaster, wood and debris crashing onto the audience watching a performance of "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime."

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LONDON (AP) - London ambulance services: More than 80 injured, 7 seriously in theater collapse.

LONDON (AP) - London police say there are "a number" of casualties following the apparent collapse of a theater's roof.
    
Police said officers were called at around 2015 GMT (3:15 p.m. EST) to reports of a ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in central London. It said police "are aware of a number of casualties," but had no further details.
    
London's fire department said eight engines are on the scene in the SoHo neighborhood.
    
The Apollo Theatre is currently showing "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime."
    
Martin Bostock was in the audience with his family, and said "complete chaos" erupted in the theater.
    
"At first we thought it was part of the show," he told Sky News. "Then I got hit on the head."

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