3 hurt when deck collapses during Queens barbecue

July 4, 2012 7:00:47 AM PDT
Three people were hurt when a backyard deck collapsed behind a house in the Hillcrest section of Queens late Tuesday.

The victims were having a barbecue when the wooden deck gave way just before 11 p.m.

They tumbled off the deck, which was about a half story off the ground, and onto the grass below.

All three, including an older woman, were treated at Queens Hospital Center for minor injuries.

The residents were celebrating a woman's birthday on the eve of July 4th.

The Buildings Department will investigate the cause of the collapse.

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