1 killed, 40 injured in roof collapse at concert in Belvidere

Emergency crew workers walk out of the Apollo Theater on Friday, March 31, 2023, in Belvidere. The theater's roof collapsed during a severe storm, killing one person and injuring 28. RFD Apollo Theater. Photo credit CHRIS NIEVES/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR / USA TODAY NETWORK

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – One person was killed and 40 others were injured Friday night when a roof collapse occurred during a concert at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, about 70 miles northwest of Chicago as severe storms swept through the area.

Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle said more than 200 people were at the concert when severe weather ripped through.

"We were able to search the building primarily with first responders and then the TRT team was able to come in and do a full search of the building. We have accounted for all the individuals; there have been no reports of anybody missing."

Schadle said that two people had life-threatening injuries and is thankful for the quick response to the incident saying it "could have been much worse."

One of the bands that was to perform Friday, Morbid Angel, released a statement saying a tornado had hit the theater.

"We are currently sheltering in place, and want to extend our support and hope that everyone at the show tonight is safe. Right now our focus is on making sure everyone in the venue tonight is ok and gets home," the band's statement said.

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