The Latest: Several victims in California balcony collapse are young people from Ireland

1145 GMT (4:45 a.m. PDT)

The Irish government says several young Irish citizens have been killed in a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said in a statement that "a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives" and several others have been seriously injured.

He said, "my heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured in this appalling accident."

Flanagan said the Irish consul general in San Francisco would be providing assistance to those affected.

Police say five people were killed and eight injured — many of them critically — when an apartment building balcony collapsed early Tuesday in Berkeley.