SAN SALVADOR – At least 20 people were injured when the roof of a church collapsed during a service in a city in central El Salvador due to construction problems, officials said.
The collapse occurred on Saturday in Quezaltepeque, located 25 kilometers (about 16 miles) northwest of San Salvador, while about 100 people were attending a service at an evangelical church.
The victims sustained head injuries, cuts on their heads and upper body fractures, emergency services officials said.
About 12 people, including women, children and men, were taken to the Bloom and Rosales hospitals in San Salvador, a fire rescue spokesman said.
Red Cross personnel also treated the injured and transported eight other people to hospitals, a Red Cross spokesman said.
An inspection of the church, which was built in an old parking garage, turned up “construction deficiencies,” an emergency management office spokesman said.
The building collapse occurred after a magnitude-5 earthquake off the coast of El Salvador on Saturday afternoon.
No one was injured and no damage was reported from the earthquake, officials said.