4 boys injured after partial roof collapse at ‘The Bells’ in Newport
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said 4 boys were hurt after the roof of a dilapidated building collapsed at Brenton Point State Park in Newport.
Officials said two boys were on the roof a former stable on the property, popularly known as “The Bells”, just before 4 p.m. on Monday when it collapsed under their weight.
The boys and a two-foot by four-foot piece of concrete fell about 25 feet onto two other boys who were inside the building, authorities stated.
Two of the victims, 15 and 16-years-old, were taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, officials said. A third boy, 12, was med-flighted for treatment.
Officials said the fourth victim, another 12-year-old boy, was treated and released at the scene.
The DEM said they installed fencing around the building more than 10 years ago and has since prohibited entry to the building for safety reasons.
Officials stated that there are “no trespassing” signs throughout the property.
No further information was immediately released.