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Apartment floor collapses during student party
November 22 2017, 01:44 | Irvin Gilbert
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Students at the University of North Texas in Denton gathered at a third-floor apartment to celebrate homecoming Saturday night.
Carley Carroll, a second-year student who lives directly below the unit where the party was being held, says she wasn't home when the accident happened, but says she lost everything. About 50 residents haven't been able to return to their apartmentst. They were at the Denton Police Department, making a noise complaint just before 2 a.m.
Denton firefighters believe the cause of the collapse was too much jumping. Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the call was upgraded to a potential mass casualty incident once they arrived at the scene and additional support from other fire rescue units and Denton police was called for. "That's life threatening. If we were in our living room, we wouldn't have made it out because by what we've seen, it's just completely gone".
Only minor injuries were reported, as cell phone videos show water spewing from broken pipes while people climb over beams and plywood to escape.
"We're trying to reach a goal of $10,000 to help my neighbor and to help pay for damages", he explained.
The party's host, Abiola Busari, said he will be staying with some friends.
The complex is helping those affected. "And it's one of those things that you fear would happen, but you don't think it's actually going to happen", said Carroll.
"The Ridge is a private facility in the City of Denton, and any information regarding the incident would need to come from either the property owner or operator, and the City of Denton PIO", a University of North Texas spokesperson said, reported Fox 4.