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London theater collapse

Updated 6:33 PM ET, Thu December 19, 2013
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Emergency service personnel work outside London's Apollo Theatre on Thursday, December 19. Part of the theater's ceiling collapsed during a performance Thursday night, injuring dozens of people, officials said. Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images
Firefighters confer at the scene. Nick Harding, the London Fire Brigade's Kingsland Station manager, said about 720 people were inside the theater when a section of the ceiling collapsed, taking parts of the balconies with it. Joel Ryan/invision/ap
Paramedics attend to an injured person at the scene of the collapse. DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA PHOTOS /LANDOV
A hydraulic lift is used to investigate the cause of the collapse. "We heard a creak, somebody screamed, somebody from over there said, 'Look out!' and then the ceiling kind of creased in the middle and then just collapsed," one theatergoer said. DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA PHOTOS /LANDOV
An injured woman cries inside an ambulance. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
People sit aboard a bus used to hold theatergoers. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
An injured woman is taken toward a waiting ambulance. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
The Apollo Theatre is located next to Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London. The ceiling collapsed during a packed performance of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images
A man wraps himself in an emergency foil blanket provided by service workers. One witness said the collapse "was like slow motion." Another said, "You initially thought it was part of the play, and then you could feel things on you." Joel Ryan/invision/ap
Emergency vehicles line the street near the theater. The Apollo Theatre was built in 1901 and holds 775 seats on four levels, according to its website. CNN
An emergency worker pushes a stretcher along Shaftesbury Avenue. Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images
Injured people sit on a bus used for theatergoers. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Metropolitan Police said in a tweet that those who were seriously hurt had been taken to hospitals in central London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/ap
A woman wears bandages and a blanket outside the theater. Joel Ryan/Invision/ap
Emergency workers park outside the theater. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/ap
Emergency personnel assist theatergoers after the ceiling collapse. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Authorities responded to a report of a ceiling collapse at about 8:15 p.m., police said in a tweet. courtesy Alexey Moskvin
An injured person is stretchered away. Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images