Some members of a group of people who were attending a memorial service at Glacier Camp's Spruce Lodge, Montana, had a major accident Saturday afternoon, when the balcony on the second floor collapsed. At least 25 people were injured. Fourteen people were taken to local hospitals, some of them in a serious condition. Glacier Camp wrote on its website after incident:
"Dear friends, This afternoon, we had a major accident at camp. Please join us in praying for the injured and their families. We are grateful to all of the EMTs/Paramedics, fire departments and first responders who came to our aid. We ask for your prayers for all involved. We will not have camp in session this week." Glacier Camp, on their own description, is a summer camp and retreat center specialized in Christian camping programs, family reunions, weddings, large group dinners, fundraising events, ski retreats and more.
Collapsed balcony at Glacier Camp, Montana
It was established in 1931, when Kathryn Fingado-O'Neil, wife of Charles I O'Neil, generously donated forty acres on the west shore of Flathead Lake to Kalispell First Presbyterian Church. The first structures on the site were a primitive arrangement. Swimming, playing ball games and be mentored by church leaders were the activities at that time. Glacier Presbyterian Center has helped tens of thousands of children and youth from Montana to grow in their faith. The cause of the Saturday collapse is under investigation.