Cherryville, NC -- A welcome home party for a local soldier ended with several people injured and others in a hospital after a deck collapsed in Gaston County.
In all, 18 people suffered minor injuries and three were taken to hospitals, according to our Charlotte sister station WBTV.
Cherryville firefighters rescued four people who were trapped in the rubble--two on the deck and two under it.
Firefighters say there were 22 people standing on the 20-year-old deck when it collapsed. The deck stood 10 to 12 feet tall and collapsed in the center.