6 people injured after deck collapses during funeral reception - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

6 people injured after deck collapses during funeral reception

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho  - It was a scary moment for a north Idaho family after the deck on the back of their home collapsed Tuesday afternoon. It happened on a day when the family was already grieving the loss of one of their own.

Six people had to go to the hospital, three taken by ambulance after they all landed on cement after the deck collapsed.

John Brand had just walked in the house to get something when the deck went down.

"I felt the entire house shake underneath me and I heard a loud crash, like a crack and the deck went down," said Brand.

Brand immediately ran to the screen door to find all six people on the cement below.

They had all been at the house for a funeral reception. The funeral for brand's sister Carol "Becky" Marlow had just been held that morning.  Marlow died last Monday from melanoma and at just 36-years-old she left behind her husband and four children, ages 6-years-old to 16-years-old.

Brand says the family was already dealing with his sister's loss, only to have six of their family and friends injured in freak accident on the day of her funeral.

"She brought all of us together, she forgave people for trespasses and she forgave people for their indiscretions that was the kind of person she was," said Brand. "On top of that today for this to happen it was hard, it was scary honest to god it was scary."

Brand said his sister's family had just moved into their home three months ago. They were already having a tough time financially and now they have Marlow's medical and funeral bills to pay.

Family members have set up a benevolent account for the Becky Marlow's family at the Coeur d'Alene branch of bank of America. It's under the name Sarah Marlow.

- Cindi DeHoog
KHQ Local News

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