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Authorities: 2nd floor collapses at Miss. church center, at least 15 hurt

  • Emergency responders, members of Freedom Baptist Church, and Myrick community members in rural Jones County, Miss. gather near an ambulance outside the Freedom Baptist Church Wednesday night after a second floor youth room collapsed onto a first floor kitchen. Up to 35 youth ages from seventh grade to 12th grade were injured. A 16-year-old girl who suffered a head injury was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.  (AP Photo/The Chronicle, James Pugh)

    Emergency responders, members of Freedom Baptist Church, and Myrick community members in rural Jones County, Miss. gather near an ambulance outside the Freedom Baptist Church Wednesday night after a second floor youth room collapsed onto a first floor kitchen. Up to 35 youth ages from seventh grade to 12th grade were injured. A 16-year-old girl who suffered a head injury was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. (AP Photo/The Chronicle, James Pugh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Emergency responders, members of Freedom Baptist Church, and Myrick community members in rural Jones County, Miss. gather outside Freedom Baptist Church Wednesday night after a second floor youth room collapsed onto a first floor kitchen. Up to 35 youth ages from seventh grade to 12th grade were injured. A 16-year-old girl who suffered a head injury was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.  (AP Photo/The Chronicle, Jason Niblett)

    Emergency responders, members of Freedom Baptist Church, and Myrick community members in rural Jones County, Miss. gather outside Freedom Baptist Church Wednesday night after a second floor youth room collapsed onto a first floor kitchen. Up to 35 youth ages from seventh grade to 12th grade were injured. A 16-year-old girl who suffered a head injury was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. (AP Photo/The Chronicle, Jason Niblett)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jones County, Miss. paramedics and volunteer first responders treat injured youth following a floor collapse at Freedom Baptist Church near Laurel Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Up to 35 children between seventh and 12th grades were injured. A 16-year-old girl who suffered a head injury was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. (AP Photo/The Chronicle, James Pugh)

    Jones County, Miss. paramedics and volunteer first responders treat injured youth following a floor collapse at Freedom Baptist Church near Laurel Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Up to 35 children between seventh and 12th grades were injured. A 16-year-old girl who suffered a head injury was airlifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. (AP Photo/The Chronicle, James Pugh)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say the second floor of an activity center at a church in Mississippi collapsed during an evening youth service, sending dozens tumbling down and injuring at least 15 people.

Sheriff Alex Hodge in Mississippi's Jonees County told local media outlets that young people were attending a service Wednesday night at Freedom Baptist Church in Myrick when the second floor gave way — a drop of about 12 feet.

Spokeswoman Linda Gavin at the South Central Regional Medical Center, told The Chronicle in Laurel (http://bit.ly/Nd2mcx) that at least 15 young people were treated there and released. She says a 16-year-old girl was taken to a Hattiesburg hospital with a possible head injury.

Details on the girl's condition were not immediately available, but authorities say none of the injures was life-threatening.