A sign reading, "Malibu, 27 Miles of Scenic Beauty."
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Two people were rushed to trauma centers in critical condition and nine more were reported injured when a rented residential balcony collapsed onto a Malibu beach.

The owner of the home said she had rented the residence to a group of no more than six people, but neighbors had called to tell her around 30 people were at the beach house. She said she was on the phone to the renters telling them to leave due to the overcrowding when the collapse took place.

The collapse was reported about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 20526 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

Everyone who fell was evacuated off the beach — two were taken to trauma centers in critical condition and four others suffered less serious injuries, said L.A. County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores. Descriptions of the victims were not disclosed.

In addition to the two critical patients, four patients were taken to hospitals with less severe injuries and five people were treated at the scene, according to KCAL9.

The homeowner told KCAL 9 she rented the home for the weekend with a limit of six people inside but that neighbors called to tell her 30 people were there. She said she was on the phone ordering the tenants to leave when the collapse occurred, according to KCAL9.

Video broadcast from the scene showed the remnants of the balcony scattered on the rocky beach.

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