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Horror: Girl, 6, Dies and Two Others Left Fighting for Their Lives as Church Floor Collapses During Easter Service
A woman wrapped a thermal blanket walks away from the scene of the tragedy in which a six-year-old girl died in Stains, north of Paris

Horror: Girl, 6, Dies and Two Others Left Fighting for Their Lives as Church Floor Collapses During Easter Service

Horror: Girl, 6, Dies and Two Others Left Fighting for Their Lives as Church Floor Collapses During Easter Service

French emergency rescue personnel gather near the collapsed in a building used by an evangelical group to celebrate Easter

Six-year-old girl died and two others were fighting for their lives after a floor collapsed during an Easter service ‘song and dance’ in France.

Many more were seriously injured in the disaster in an improvised church outside Paris, with two men including a pastor now arrested for manslaughter.

Horror: Girl, 6, Dies and Two Others Left Fighting for Their Lives as Church Floor Collapses During Easter Service

A policeman stands guard. A six-year-old child died and several people were seriously injured in the accident

Some 150 worshippers were taking part in the evangelic service at the building mainly used by Haitian immigrants on a housing estate.
As a band including a piano and guitars played, many were jumping up and down to the music when the floor gave way. The tragedy led to the pastor of the group, known as the Armed Fighters for Christ New Jerusalem, and the owner of the building being arrested. A two-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman were, meanwhile, in the intensive care unit of a hospital close to the disaster scene in Stains, in the northern Seine-St-Denis suburb of Paris.

Horror: Girl, 6, Dies and Two Others Left Fighting for Their Lives as Church Floor Collapses During Easter Service

Rescuers outside the church in the northern Paris suburban town of Stains

‘A song and dance had started and there was a huge crack and suddenly the floor gave way, plunging everybody downwards,’ said one of the worshippers. ‘A huge cloud of dust appeared and everyone started screaming. Then we realised people including young children had been badly hurt. It was an absolute disaster.’ The congregation fell more than 8ft from the first floor of the disused building to the ground floor.

Horror: Girl, 6, Dies and Two Others Left Fighting for Their Lives as Church Floor Collapses During Easter Service

Seine-Saint-Denis’ prefect Christian Lambert speaks to the press after the disaster in the town of Stains

Police confirmed that two men were arrested and faced charged of manslaughter and causing actual bodily harm. ‘One is a pastor of the group,’ said a spokesman, who explained that they had been meeting in the disused building for around four years. Christian Lambert, governor of Seine-St-Denis, said the building had been in good condition, but was not designed for evangelic church services.

Horror: Girl, 6, Dies and Two Others Left Fighting for Their Lives as Church Floor Collapses During Easter Service

A woman wrapped a thermal blanket walks away from the scene of the tragedy in which a six-year-old girl died in Stains, north of Paris

‘Worshippers fell through the floor,’ she added, explaining that some 32 other people beyond the dead little girl and the two others in intensive care were badly hurt. The names of the dead and injured have so far not been released. President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his ‘personal solidarity’ with the families of the victims. He said that some 150 firefighters were involved in the emergency operation, together with a helicopter. Some of those taking part in the service were survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake in which some 316,000 died, 300,000 were badly injured and 1million made homeless.

Source: Daily Mail UK

One comment

  1. May the soul of those who died rest in peace and i pray they family get the strength to pull through this painful moment. This was really a tragedy!

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