SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain – The number of people injured when part of the dance floor of a club on Spain’s Canary Island of Tenerife collapsed into the basement early on Sunday has risen to 40, according to the mayor of Adeje.
Authorities had earlier said 22 people had been injured when part of the floor of a club gave way – those who received medical treatment at the scene or who were taken to the hospital by emergency services personnel – but that figure did not account for 18 people who accessed health care from centers by their own means, according to Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga.
“We haven’t had to lament the loss of human lives,” as a consequence of the incident at the Butterfly Disco Pub, he said during a press conference, adding that among the victims – who were of different ages and nationalities – “there is nobody in critical condition.”
An investigation aimed at established the cause of the incident, which saw part of a dance floor falling into the basement of the venue, which is located in a shopping center in one of the main tourist areas of Tenerife, Playa de Las Americas – has been opened, the mayor said.
Local authorities meanwhile ordered the closure of businesses based in the shopping center as a precautionary measure.
The mayor said the Town Hall was alerted to the incident at 2:30 am by the regional emergency coordination center 112.
Firefighters and medical personnel were on hand at the scene to assist the party-goers affected.
“Tenerife firefighters rescued all the people by placing them in a safe area so they could receive health care and check that no one was trapped,” 1-1-2 Canarias said in a statement.