MADRID: At least 22 people were injured after a nightclub dancefloor collapsed on the Spanish island Tenerife overnight, sending party goers crashing to the basement.
The wounded revellers, aged between 20 and 60, have all been taken to hospital while some have suffered “severe” bone fractures, according to local media.
The terrifying incident happened at gay night spot Butterfly Disco Pub at 2.30am near Playa de las Americas and resulted in “serious” leg breaks along with back, hand and ankle injuries.
“None of the injures the casualties have suffered are life-threatening,” a spokesman said.
Authorities have confirmed that at least two French nationals, a British person, a Romanian and a Belgian national are among those injured.
Some of those injured reportedly broke their femurs (thigh bones) which is the thickest and longest bone in the body.
A large emergency service team were at the scene until 6am local time including firefighters who searched the basement in case anyone was trapped inside.
An official for the emergency services said: “We received an alert that the floor of a disco had given way in an area of approximately four square metres.
“After collapsing, the people who were inside plunged about a floor’s height into the basement.”
The nightclub is located in a shopping centre in Avenida Rafael Puig Lluvina in the bustling area of Adeje.
The club’s website reads: “The Butterfly nightclub has two larges spaces. In the main space you’ll hear the greatest gay hits.
“In the second room there is a stage where every night there is a show.”
Adeje in the south of Tenerife – near to Playa de Las Americas – is a favourite of British holidaymakers.