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Friday
Jun142013

Miami Sports Bar Deck Collapses, Two People in Serious Condition

Harrison Ruggiero(MIAMI) -- An outdoor deck at a Miami sports bar partially collapsed, sending dozens of people watching the NBA Finals into Biscayne Bay, authorities said.

About 100 people were on the outdoor deck at Shucker's Bar and Grill in North Bay Village when it fell into the water Thursday night, Miami Dade Fire and Rescue spokesman Lt. Eugene Germain told ABC News. Miami Dade Fire officials said two people were in serious condition and 24 others were transported to local hospitals.

Germain said some people were pulled from the water underneath the deck.

"We have located and we're in the process of treating approximately 24 victims. The other individuals involved are what we call walking wounded individuals that are stable…," he said.

Everyone has been accounted for, but divers and choppers worked the scene after the collapse to make sure there are no additional victims, according to Germain.

The incident occurred at about 9:20 p.m. as restaurant patrons were watching Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, according to restaurant officials.

Witnesses say the outdoor deck collapsed after Heat fans jumped up to celebrate their team scoring a basket.

Bar customers and rescuers pulled people from the bay amid a chaotic scene, according to one witness who spoke to ABC News Radio. Another witness said there was yelling and crying, and that some patrons jumped into the water to help the victims.

Sadiyah Taba, a hostess at Shucker's Bar and Grill, escaped injury. She had just stepped off the deck before the collapse.

"It just happened so fast, and everyone started screaming and they ran," she said.

Taba said the deck can hold about 30 tables and each can seat five or more people.

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