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Ceiling in multiplex collapses, five people injured

29 March 2013

Plzen, West Bohemia, March 28 (CTK) - A part of the ceiling in a multiplex in the centre of Plzen collapsed, injuring five people Thursday, the regional emergency service and police spokeswomen, Lenka Ptackova and Martina Korandova, respectively, have told CTK.

A young woman was transferred to hospital with light injuries, while another four people were treated on the spot.

"Neither her life nor health are threatened. Her condition is stable," Plzen Teaching Hospital administrator Milan Topinka said.

The whole Plaza shopping centre, opened in 2007, where the multiplex with ten cinema halls is situated, was evacuated over the accident. The police closed the area.

About 800 people were evacuated from the building, the firefighters said.

The cause of the ceiling collapse is being investigated.

A plasterboard ceiling with the area of tens of square metres between box offices and a staircase to the cinemas on the third floor collapsed, eye-witness Jiri Nenutil said.

The Plaza shopping and entertainment centre and the Cinema City multiplex will reopen on Friday, the police and firefighters said.

The cases of ceiling collapses in public facilities that are not being reconstructed are quite rare.

The most recently, a part of the ceiling in the garages of the Globus hypermarket on the outskirts of Prague collapsed in January. No one was injured.

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