Woman killed and 18 injured in Melbourne balcony collapse

The woman who is yet to be identified died at the scene and 17 other people were rushed to hospital

She's been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and remains in a critical condition.

"I got up and came out to the street, because I knew it wasn't right, and that point a woman was sort of in hysteria - she'd come out and she was yelling "oh my god, oh my god", Mr Stone said.

A 59-year-old woman died at the scene on Saturday night and a 37-year-old woman died in hospital early this morning.

Engineers Australia Victorian president Chris Stoltz said the horrific Christmas party accident could be reflective of a wider problem across Australia.

Photo It is believed the balcony collapsed as a group was taking a photo.

"The crash was biblical", neighbour Andrew Stone said.

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About a dozen people were treated by paramedics at the scene at Balinga Court but did not require hospitalisation. Acting Superintendent Kerin Moloney told reporters, "This is a tragedy that has been magnified by the fact we are only one week away from Christmas. And of course, followed by the screaming and that sort of thing".

Chris and Eve Nunn were hosting a Tupperware party at their home when 30 of their guests converged on the timber balcony, causing it to cave in unexpectedly. It's reported that heavy objects including a barbecue and a fridge were also on the balcony at the time.

Building inspectors attended the home on Sunday to assess the damage, the tragedy prompting a warning from industry experts who want all homeowners to ensure their properties are safe.

Firefighters helped to rescue people who were trapped under the collapsed balcony, an MFB spokeswoman said.

Police are investigating the collapse and are in the process of preparing a report for the coroner.

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