A witness has described the ‘horrific’ moment a balcony collapsed at a Tupperware Christmas party in Melbourne, leaving two women dead and 17 more injured.
Two women, aged 37 and 59, were confirmed dead on Sunday morning after the balcony collapsed at a Balinga Court home in Doncaster East, Melbourne’s northeast, about 10.30pm on Saturday.
More than 30 people were standing on the rear balcony when it collapsed and trapped some of the revellers beneath.
Neighbour Andrew Stone described the incident as ‘horrific’.
‘The group got up to the balcony to take a group photo, which is when it fell down,’ he told the Herald Sun.
More than 30 people were standing on the timber balcony at the rear of the Balinga Court home (pictured), in Doncaster East, when it collapsed
The Doncaster East home is pictured before the tragic incident which killed two women
‘People were screaming, I heard crashing.’
Mr Stone said the screams were so loud, he initially thought it was a brawl.
‘People were walking around with blood on them, crying, it was devastating really,’ he said.
Ambulance Victoria said it was forced to activate its major emergency response plan to appropriately deal with the incident.
There were 17 people rushed to hospital with varying injuries, and 12 more treated at the scene.
Ambulance Victoria said 10 women and seven men aged between 20 and 69-years-old sustained soft tissue injuries, fractures and lacerations and were transported to Box Hill, Austin and Maroondah hospitals.
‘This is a very tragic incident for those involved and our thoughts are with them and their loved ones at this time,’ State Health Commander Paul Holman said.
Victoria Police are seen outside the Doncaster East home in Melbourne on Sunday morning
Two Tupperware vehicles are seen parked outside the home the morning after the balcony collapse
Two women are dead and 17 people have been injured after a balcony collapsed during a Christmas party in Melbourne (pictured) Saturday night
Victoria Police said they believe more than 30 people were standing on the timber balcony when it collapsed
One, who is yet to be identified, died at the scene (pictured) while the other died in hospital
A distressed appearing woman is on the phone surrounded by emergency services
Photos show dozens of emergency service vehicles lining the streets of the residential area with people flooding to the road
Several people were also trapped after the balcony collapsed at about 10.30pm in Doncaster East (pictured), about 22 kilometres east of Melbourne
Police believe more than 30 people were standing on the balcony of the home when it collapsed about 10.30pm yesterday, in Balinga Court, Doncaster East
Residents speak to emergency service workers outside the home after the balcony collapse
Photos show dozens of emergency service vehicles lining the streets of the residential area with people flooding on to the road.
Furniture including a barbecue and fridge were on the balcony when it collapsed, leaving ‘walking wounded’ in the street.
One witness told The Herald Sun he was shocked by the tragedy.
‘This is just a typical quiet Eastern suburbs neighbourhood,’ he said.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Police are seen taking a statement from a man outside the home in the late hours of Saturday night
Police officers take statements following the tragedy which has left two people dead
Twelve ambulances, police, SES and fire brigades all responded to the scene
Acting Superintendent Kerin Moloney said the tragedy of the collapse was ‘magnified’ because it was so close to Christmas.
He said the incident was so horrific personnel who attended the scene were offered counselling.
‘It was a really tragic incident for all emergency services who have attended and also those who were present at the party,’ he said.
‘All the police that have attended have been offered peer support and also the SES and ambulance officers.’