The flooring of a Denton condominium unit collapsed throughout a celebration early Sunday morning, with video exhibiting the cave-in that pressured roughly 50 folks out of their North Texas houses.
Denton police mentioned roughly 100 folks have been inside a third-floor unit on the Ridge at North Texas flats when the ground collapsed.
Between 10 and 12 folks obtained minor accidents within the collapse, police mentioned. Some folks drove themselves to the hospital.
The first 911 name concerning the collapse was made at 1:47 a.m. from the condominium advanced within the 2700 block of Colorado Boulevard. The advanced advertises as “student-only housing.”
The Denton hearth marshal mentioned there was a celebration and folks on the occasion have been leaping up and down when the ground collapsed onto the second flooring. Pipes have been damaged and leaked into the second and first flooring.
Video of the incident confirmed folks on the occasion leaping up and down earlier than they fall to the ground beneath.
Among these displaced are 4 younger girls who reside instantly beneath the condominium that collapsed. Moments earlier than the collapse, two of the tenants drove to the police division to report the loud occasion that shook their house.
“My door has never shaked [sic] before,” Briceida Castro mentioned. “And I knew at that moment that I had to leave. I told my roommate, ‘We’re leaving. Like right now.'”
Castro, a scholar on the University of North Texas, took an image of the overflowing crowd earlier than driving away from the condominium advanced.
“I grabbed my keys, my wallet and I left to the police department,” she mentioned.
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Exactly 4 minutes after Castro and one in all her roomates arrived on the police division, the hearth division obtained an alert that fireside alarms have been going off on the flats, in accordance with time logs offered by the police division.
“You can’t, you really just can’t. It’s just ironic,” mentioned Castro, attempting to make sense of what occurred.
Carley Carroll, a sophmore at UNT, additionally lives within the badly broken unit.
“It’s just one of those, it’s like it happened. It finally happened,” she mentioned.
Carroll says she and her roommates have complained in regards to the loud and huge events over the previous three months.”This happens almost every weekend,” she mentioned.
Denton police inform NBC 5 that they by no means obtained any 911 calls to complain in regards to the noise earlier than the collapse.
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Police had beforehand been known as to the unit on September 24 for a noise grievance.
No one is being allowed again into Building One of the advanced tonight.
“Currently the building is completely shut down… until the apartment complex can get a structural engineer, and a construction crew out here to check the building out and certify that the entire building is safe,” mentioned Denton Fire Marshal Brad Lahart.
Investigators are working to determine what brought on the structural failure.
Published 34 minutes in the past | Updated three minutes in the past