Nearly Two Dozen Children Injured in Stairwell Collapse

Nearly two dozen children were injured Saturday when a stairwell collapsed at an indoor gym in Barrio Logan, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD).

About 50 kids attending "Kids Night Out" at Vault PK, a Parkour training facility at Main and Sigsbee streets, ran at the same time to the upper level of the indoor gymnasium when they were told "it's time for pizza," kids at the scene told NBC 7.

That is when a 20-by-30 foot wooden deck and stairwell collapsed.

"We were just sitting, the kids came up to grab pizza, and it just collapsed because I think there was just too much weight on it," a parent told NBC 7. "It didn’t seem unstable. I mean, when we were there it just seemed like a place to sit and watch your kids." 

Twenty-one children and two adults were injured. Three or four may have suffered spinal injuries and were immediately transported to the hospital in "more serious" condition, SDFD spokesperson Steve Wright said. All other children were transported to various San Diego hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

At least 15 children have since been released from the hospital.

When there are as many as 23 injuries in an emergency situation, everyone jumps into action. NBC 7's Alex Presha details the actions of San Diego's first responders.

Another parent told NBC 7 they received a phone call from Vault PK alerting them that his son suffered a bloody nose. He did not realize how severe the incident was until he showed up to the hospital.

His son had a bloody nose and possibly a broken ankle.

Parkour is a style of military martial arts that combines running, jumping and climbing to travel as quickly as possible from place to place.

Vault PK hosts Kids Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays in November, according to its website.

An employee of the gymnasium told NBC 7 they were in the process of canceling all upcoming events and that the facility would be closed until further notice.

"Everybody that comes to Vault is really our family," said owner Jessica Ho. "We love them and we’ve actually had a lot more outpouring of love from people who were there."

Vault PK released a statement on Facebook Sunday:

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