1 of 3 people hurt when 4th-floor balcony collapsed during party at Philly apartment has died


A man on the second floor looks up at the third floor fire escape landing that collapsed around midnight Saturday in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Authorities say three people were injured, one critically, when a fire escape landing collapsed and fell four stories. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)


PHILADELPHIA — One of three people hurt when a fourth-floor balcony collapsed during a birthday party at a Philadelphia apartment has died.

Police say a 22-year-old man who suffered severe head and neck injuries in the fall was pronounced dead at a hospital early Sunday morning.

Police say the man and two women had been attending a party in the tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Authorities say the three had stepped out on a balcony late Saturday to smoke cigarettes when the collapse occurred.

The two women are in their 20s and suffered broken bones in their backs. They are listed in stable condition at two city hospitals.

Officials from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections are investigating.