Dozens injured in Australian cinema roof collapse: police

SYDNEY, Jan 3, 2011 (AFP) - Thirty-six people were injured when the ceiling of an Australian cinema partially collapsed Monday after heavy rain, but nobody is believed to be trapped, police said.

Police confirmed that emergency services were at the scene in the regional centre of Bathurst, 175 kilometres (110 miles) west of Sydney, after storm damage caused a false ceiling to collapse.

"Police and other emergency services... located 36 people suffering minor injuries," New South Wales police said in a statement.

"All persons have been removed from the building."

Earlier reports had said that 16 people were trapped in the building, and emergency personnel were conducting a secondary sweep of the cinema.

Police said emergency services were called to the venue at about 0145 GMT after a heavy storm caused parts of the roof to cave in.

Flooding has caused havoc across a massive area of northeastern Australia, but the latest incident was unrelated.

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