Ceiling collapse causes multiple minor injuries


WICHITA, Kansas – A partial ceiling collapse happened late Wednesday in the 1300 block of West May at the DCCCA Women’s Recovery Center.

DCCCA is an organization founded to help individuals with drug and alcohol problems achieve a better quality of life.

Wichita Fire Battalion Chief Tom Carney said a 15-by-30-foot section of the plaster fell into the room below due to water that had accumulated and leaked through the roof. As many as 25 people had gathered in the room below for a meeting.

“We have determined that the building is secure, and we will continue to assess any damage in the morning. Our priority, right now, is making sure that the women we serve are okay,” said Rachael Harper, DCCCA Women’s Recovery Center.

According to DCCA, nine of the women were transported to various hospitals with minor injuries. Another was transported to the hospital by staff later that evening at her request. Nine of the women were treated and released. One woman remains hospitalized. No staff were injured.

DCCCA Statement:

DCCCA WRC provides a continuum of addiction treatment services for women. Our priority is ensuring client and staff safety, health and well-being. We will continue to provide support as needed to clients and staff.”

Lori Alvarado, DCCCA Executive Director.

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