Two people critically injured when balcony at Malibu beach house collapses


Two people were rushed to trauma centers in critical condition today after a balcony collapsed at a Malibu beach house, authorities said.

The collapse was reported about 5:30 p.m. at 20526 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

Everyone who fell was evacuated from the beach. Two were taken to trauma centers in critical condition; four others suffered less serious injuries, said Melanie Flores, dispatch supervisor for the fire department. Identities of the victims were not disclosed.

The homeowner told KCAL 9 she rented the home for the weekend with a limit of six people inside but that neighbors called to tell her 30 people were there. She said she was on the phone ordering the tenants to leave when the collapse occurred, according to KCAL9.


Video broadcast from the scene showed the remnants of the balcony scattered on the rocky beach.