LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Balcony Collapse Kills 6 Irish Students In Berkeley, Calif.

A fourth-floor balcony rests on the balcony below after collapsing at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, Calif., early Tuesday.

A fourth-floor balcony gave way during a party in northern California late last night, killing at least six exchange students in a building close to the University of California, Berkeley. Seven other people were injured, some of them seriously.

"All of those killed and most of those injured are Irish nationals, exchange students visiting the Bay Area to work for the summer," reports Dan Brekke of member station KQED. He adds, "Berkeley police say the collapse occurred at 12:41 a.m. [local time] during what's reported to have been a 21st birthday party for one of the students."

Local TV news KRON reports, "There are eight confirmed people — both male and female — still being treated at different hospitals, some with life-threatening injuries, according to police."

Ireland's minister for foreign affairs, Charlie Flanagan, issued a statement:

"It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives while a number of others have been seriously injured following the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California earlier today."

Flanagan added that the Irish consulate in San Francisco is in touch with local authorities, and that his agency has activated its emergency crisis center to handle requests for information from families and others who were affected.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)