A Virginia woman injured Sunday when part of a church ceiling collapsed in Dale City was taken to Potomac Hospital, not Fairfax Hospital as reported. Prince William County police described the victim's injuries as minor, but a hospital spokesman said yesterday the woman suffered multiple fractures.
A 56-year-old Virginia woman received minor injuries when part of a church ceiling collapsed yesterday in Dale City shortly before a service was to start.
The cause of the collapse at the Holy Family Catholic Church on Ferndale Road had not been determined yesterday. The ceiling gave way about 10:40 a.m., 15 minutes before the next mass was to begin.
The pastor, the Rev. George Griffin, said he was writing a sermon in his office when he heard a noise that sounded like a heavy cart being pushed.
It was "a scraping, booming sort of noise," he said. He said he ran to the foyer to find that a 20-by-20-foot chunk of plasterboard ceiling had fallen into the nave, where about 25 worshipers were seated.
Parishioner Anna Hindin of Dale City was taken to Fairfax Hospital for treatment of a possible broken wrist, but there were no other injuries, Prince William County police said.
Bits of ceiling continued to drop and by 1 p.m. nearly half of it lay on the church floor, Griffin said. There was no estimate of damages.
Deputy county building inspector Barry Archer who visited the church yesterday morning, could not be reached for comment