At least 14 injured after beach house deck collapses in North Carolina

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EMERALD ISLE, N.C. — Authorities said the deck of a North Carolina vacation home collapsed, sending a family plunging to the ground more than 10 feet below.

The family was taking a photo at the Emerald Isle rental home on the Fourth of July, when the raised deck gave way, according to officials.

At least 14 people were injured, including two critically, according to Emerald Isle Fire Chief Bill Walker.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear. The deck was elevated on stilts and left a heap of broken wood beams on the ground.

About one-third of the deck fell, according to WNCN. Witnesses said the family was visiting from Virginia.

The six-bedroom house was built in 1986 and valued at $1.1 million, according to

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