Insurer to investigate Montana deck collapse that injured 50

Serious injuries in Flathead Lake deck collapse

It was established in 1931 on the western shore of Flathead Lake and, in addition to religious camps and retreats, offers wedding, event and meeting spaces.

The memorial service for someone who recently passed away was being held at the Spruce Lodge.

A witness to the collapse of the second-story deck of a Montana lodge during a memorial event for a firefighter says about 50 people were gathered on the structure overlooking Flathead Lake.

More than 50 people were injured after a second-story deck collapsed Saturday at the Glacier Camp on Flathead Lake, according to the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Dillon says many of her friends and relatives were taken away in ambulances.

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Fourteen people were taken to local hospitals, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told ABC affiliate KFBB-TV. The department says those injured range in age from children to the elderly. There were no fatalities, he said, but some people with serious injuries were airlifted from the scene.

It wasn't immediately clear how many of those patients remain hospitalized.

Eyewitnesses said the deck felt "spongy" on one side and then collapsed.

Authorities initially reported that 25 people were injured. He says that the cause will be determined by the insurance investigator.

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Three helicopters, including KRMC's ALERT air ambulance, were used to transport the injured.

First responders from at least 16 fire, EMS, police, and other departments rushed to the scene, according to a Somers/Lakeside Fire Department Facebook post.

Lodge officials at the Glacier Camp released a statement on their website requesting prayers for the victims and their families.

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