Ambulance commander: People were lying on the floor

Audience member were lying on the floor of the Apollo Theatre when the London Ambulance crew arrived.


Incident commander Maria Smith:“When I arrived it was dark & extremely dusty - people were lying on the floor of the theatre" (1of2) #Apollo


“We very quickly set up a casualty clearing area in the foyer of the theatre - the walking wounded were assessed & treated there." (2of2)


Andrew Lloyd Webber called for theatre to be demolished

The Apollo Theatre's previous owner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, warned that the building was in a "shocking" state 10 years ago and recommended that it should be demolished. The ceiling collapsed on Thursday night, injuring 79 people, nine seriously.