UPDATE: One dead, dozens injured after roof of Apollo Theatre collapses in Belvidere, Illinois

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At least one person is dead and dozens injured after part of the roof of the Apollo Theatre collapsed in the city of Belvidere, Illinois, while a concert was taking place.

Saturday, April 1 at 1:59pm

At least one person is reported to have died after the collapse of part of the roof in the Apollo Theatre in the city of Belvidere on Friday evening. Dozens more were injured, according to thedailybeast.com.

Officials told the news outlet that five people with severe injuries were transferred to a hospital. Another 18 suffered moderate injuries, and five others were treated for minor injuries.

Saturday, April 1 at 4:11am

There are reports of multiple casualties after a large section of the roof of the Apollo Theatre in the city of Belvidere, Illinois collapsed at around 8pm local time on Friday, March 31. The bands Morbid Angel, Revocation, and Skeletal Remains were due to perform a concert at the venue in Boone County that same night.

The collapse is believed to have been caused by the heavy storms and high winds that occurred across the region while the music concert was taking place.

At least 20 ambulances are said to have been deployed to the location. Concertgoers are known to be trapped under the fallen debris of the roof, with emergency services personnel working hard to try and rescue them, as reported by BNO News Live.

“My administration is closely monitoring the roof collapse at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere tonight. I’ve been in touch with officials for updates and to direct any available resources we can. As we learn more, please follow the guidance of all local authorities”, tweeted J. B. Pritzker, the Illinois governor.

In a statement, Morbid Angel said: “Tonight’s show is cancelled due to a tornado that hit the venue. We are currently sheltering in place and want to extend our support and hope that everyone at the show tonight is safe. Right now our focus is on making sure everyone in the venue tonight is ok and gets home”.


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