Two people hurt in Jerusalem balcony collapse

City blames ‘wear and tear’ on 100-year-old building near Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

A father and daughter were hurt Tuesday when a balcony collapsed on a residential building and crashed six meters (20 feet) onto a street in Jerusalem’s city center, Channel 2 News reported Tuesday.

The two had been standing on the balcony on Agron Street when it collapsed. The daughter, 25, was moderately injured and the father, 60, was lightly hurt. After initial treatment by Magen David Adom rescue medics, both were taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

Fire safety crews checked the building for structural weaknesses.

The site is close to the city’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The Fire Service said the stone balcony appeared to have collapsed because the iron structure on which the balcony floor was built had rusted. The building is around 100 years old.

Three and a half years ago, a man was killed and two others lightly injured when a roof collapsed at a building site on Moshe Kol Street near the Beit Hakerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Walla News reported.

Soon afterwards, two men were hurt when the top floor of an apartment building in the Geula neighborhood collapsed during renovations.

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