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Fire chief: 52 injured in Montana deck collapse

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(CNN) -- Fifty-two people were injured when a deck collapsed at a Montana casino, authorities said Saturday, including four people with "life-threatening" injuries.

Polson, Montana, Fire Chief Tom Maloney said the call about the deck collapse at the Diamond Horseshoe casino came in just before midnight Friday.

"We airlifted four folks to Missoula and Kalispell," Maloney said.

The other injured persons either were taken or took themselves to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Polson, a town on the Flathead Reservation about 60 miles north of Missoula in western Montana.

In addition to those with life-threatening injuries, Maloney said three more had serious injuries.

He said the cause of the 14-foot high deck's collapse is still under investigation.

The 1.317 million-acre Flathead Reservation is home to the confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes and is one of the few reservations in the country that allows private property ownership. The Diamond Horseshoe, on the shore of Flathead Lake, is privately owned.

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