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Police: 5 dead, 8 injured in balcony collapse in California

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Police say an apartment building balcony collapsed early Tuesday in Berkeley, killing five people and leaving eight others injured.

The Irish government says several of the victims are young people from Ireland.

Many of the injured have critical, life-threatening wounds, said officer Jennifer Coats, a spokeswoman with the Berkeley Police Department.

Police received a call about the incident shortly before 1 a.m. PDT Tuesday, and when officers arrived they found that the balcony on the fourth floor of the building on Kittredge Street had disintegrated.

Coats say officers are still investigating and she doesn't have any information on how it occurred or what the people were doing on the structure at the time.

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