UPDATE: Two dead, nearly 20 injured after balcony collapses at Christmas party

UPDATE @ 17 December 2017 6.30am | The death toll from a shocking balcony collapse during a  party in Melbourne has risen.

A second woman, believed to be 37-year-old, has died in hospital, after suffering life-threatening injuries in the incident which happened in Doncaster East around 10.30pm on Saturday.

A 59-year-old woman died at the scene of the tragedy which had earlier been a Christmas celebration.


It’s believed more than 30 people were on the balcony at the time it gave way, with another 10 women and seven men, suffering a range of mostly minor injuries.

More were treated at the scene by a large group of paramedics, but did not need to be taken to hospital.

EARLIER @ 17 December 2017 1.30am | A CHRISTMAS party has ended in tragedy at a house in Melbourne’s northeast overnight after a balcony collapsed, killing at least one person and injuring more than 20 others.

A fleet of emergency service vehicles, including a dozen ambulances, responded to the mass casualty incident at the house on Balinga Court in Doncaster East around 10.30pm.

Police said more than 30 people were believed to be on the timber balcony at the rear of the house when it caved in.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokeswoman Belle Nolan told The Age there was furniture on the balcony, including a barbecue and fridge, at the time it collapsed.

Emergency services arrived to a chaotic scene, with multiple people still trapped in the rubble and needing rescuing.

Sadly, in a statement at 1:38am AEDT, Victoria Police confirmed a woman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police were still working to formally identify her at the time of writing.

A second woman believed to be aged in her 30s was rushed to the Royal Melbourne hospital in a critical condition, with life-threatening injuries.

Seventeen other people, 10 men and seven women believed to be aged between 20 and 69, were transported to three different hospitals across Melbourne.

It’s understood they sustained injuries of varying degree, including soft tissue injuries, fractures and lacerations.

Meanwhile, paramedics reportedly assessed and treated a further dozen people at the scene of the collapse.

Police remain at the house this morning, investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.