‘Mass Casualty Incident’: Deck Collapse Hospitalizes Six With Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Via MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer.

A townhouse deck collapsed in a Germantown neighborhood Sunday night, sending six adults to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said a group of people were having a cookout on the deck in the 12400 block of Walnut Cove Circle. Probably due to a combination of overcrowding and lack of maintenance, the deck collapsed. A building inspector will determine the cause.

He said MCFRS issued a robust response to the collapse.

“Initially it was a deck collapse,” Piringer told MyMCM on Monday. “We dispatched it as a technical rescue, but nobody was trapped. But it transitioned into what we would call a mass casualty incident, because of the fact that there were nine or 10 people that were hurt. But, again, the good thing is nobody was seriously injured.”

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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