19 December 2013 – Apollo Theatre incident, Shaftesbury Avenue

Apollo theatre incident – 10pm

19 December 2013 – 22.00

“We were called just after 8.10pm to the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.

“We have sent a large number of staff to the scene, including 25 ambulance crews, 12 officers, members of our hazardous area response team and a medical team from London’s Air Ambulance also attended in a car.

“We have been working closely with the other emergency services to treat the injured.

“We have now treated 88 patients, of whom 81 had suffered minor injuries and were walking wounded.

“Seven patients with more serious injuries have also been treated and taken to hospital.”

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Apollo Theatre update

19 December 2013

To be attributed to a London Ambulance Service spokesperson:

We were called just after 8.10pm to the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.

We sent a large number of staff to the scene, including 25 ambulance crews, 12 officers, members of our hazardous area response team and a medical team from London’s Air Ambulance also attended in a car.

Our first staff arrived within three minutes and we worked closely with the other emergency services to care for the injured.

We treated 76 patients, of whom 58 were subsequently taken to one of four hospitals – St Mary’s Hospital, University College Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and St George’s Hospital.

Of these, 51 had suffered minor injuries and were walking wounded and seven had suffered more serious injuries.

Incident Commander Maria Smith, who was one of the first on scene, said: “When I arrived it was dark and extremely dusty and people were lying on the floor of the theatre.

“We very quickly set up a casualty clearing area in the foyer of the theatre and the walking wounded were assessed and treated there for injuries such as cuts and grazes, breathing problems and head injuries.

“All the staff involved did an excellent job to help ensure that people received medical attention and those who needed further treatment were taken to hospital.”

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St Mary’s Hospital treats 11 casualties after incident at Apollo Theatre – 20 December 2013

St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, received 11 casualties following the incident at the Apollo Theatre. One patient was admitted and is receiving further treatment.

The majority of the patients were walking wounded and were treated for facial lacerations, minor hand fractures, minor head injuries, and minor wounds.

If you are concerned about a family member, please call the Police Casualty Bureau on 020 7230 1212.

Ambulance Service’s response to Apollo Theatre incident

20 December 2013

To be attributed to a London Ambulance Service spokesperson:

We were called just after 8.10pm to the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.

We can now confirm that we sent a total of 54 resources to the scene. These included:
29 ambulance crews
Seven responders in cars or on motorbikes
18 officers and other vehicles, including members of our hazardous area response team and a medical team from London’s Air
Ambulance who also attended in a car.

Our first staff arrived within three minutes and we worked closely with the other emergency services to care for the injured.

By the time the scene had been completely cleared, we had treated 79 patients.

Of these, 56 were subsequently taken to hospital – 47 had suffered minor injuries and were categorised as being walking wounded, and nine had suffered more serious injuries including head and back injuries.
35 patients were taken to St Thomas’ Hospital (32 walking wounded and three more serious)
10 patients were taken to St Mary’s Hospital (Nine walking wounded and one more serious)
Nine patients were taken to University College Hospital (Five walking wounded and four more serious)
Two patients were taken to St George’s Hospital (One walking wounded and one more serious)

Among the vehicles used to transport patients with minor injuries were two London buses.

Incident Commander Maria Smith, who was one of the first on scene, said: “When I arrived it was dark and extremely dusty and people were lying on the floor of the theatre.

“We very quickly set up a casualty clearing area in the foyer of the theatre and the walking wounded were assessed and treated there for injuries such as cuts and grazes, breathing problems and head injuries.

“All the staff involved did an excellent job to help ensure that people received medical attention and those who needed further treatment were taken to hospital.”

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London Fire Brigade: Ceiling collapse at Soho theatre 19 December 2013

The London Fire Brigade was called at 2014 yesterday evening to reports of a collapsed ceiling at a theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho.

Eight fire engines and specialist rescue vehicles attended the incident and over 50 firefighters worked at the scene with colleagues from the Met Police and London Ambulance Service. Fire engines came from Kensington, Soho, Westminster, Dowgate, Southwark, Knightsbridge, Battersea, Lambeth, and Euston stations. Fire rescue units came from Battersea, East Ham, Edmonton, and Chelsea fire stations.

Kingsland Station Manager Nick Harding, who attended the theatre incident, said:

“We believe around 720 people were in the theatre at the time. A section of the theatre’s ceiling collapsed onto the audience who were watching the show. The ceiling took parts of the balconies down with it.

“Firefighters worked really hard in very difficult conditions and I’d like to pay tribute to them. They rescued people from the theatre, made the area safe and then helped ambulance crews with the injured.

“Specialist urban search and rescue crews were also called to the scene to make sure no one was trapped. Fortunately all those who were trapped were rescued and treated for injuries or taken to hospital.

“London Ambulance Service treated 76 patients, 58 of whom were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries. Fifty one of these were walking wounded and seven had more serious injuries.

“In my time as a fire officer I’ve never seen an incident like this. I imagine lots of people were out enjoying the show in the run-up to Christmas. My thoughts go out to all those affected.”

The Brigade’s specialist Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) advisors have offered structural advice and guidance to the theatre.

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