Six people were hurt when the floor of a third-floor apartment collapsed during a homecoming party at a complex in Texas, authorities said.
The shocking incident unfolded around 2 a.m. Sunday at an apartment building in Denton occupied primarily by students from the University of North Texas. No serious injuries were reported, but six people suffered minor injuries after the floor gave way, sending partygoers at The Ridge at North Texas apartment complex to the second-floor apartment below, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
“Damn!” one guest screams as he surveys the unfolding scene, with one female partygoer holding onto a wall in an effort not to fall one floor below. “But what’s up, my [expletive]? Damn!”
Dozens of people are seen crawling on the floor below, while others try to maintain their balance as the third floor crumbles away. Many guests captured the melee on their cellphones and several videos of the incident were later posted on social media.
About 50 people were displaced following the incident. A general manager at the complex told residents in an email that a structural engineer will evaluate the building and that those who were displaced would be reimbursed for lodging expenses, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
“I was right next to the floor where it collapsed,” UNT student DeeJay Priestly told the Houston Chronicle. “My partner was actually one of the ones who fell down and I saw him fall through the roof. One moment he was there, then he wasn’t.”
Another UNT student, Davion Keys, escaped serious injury despite falling on several people.
“Immediately the water pipes were busted and water was coming from all over the place,” Keys told the newspaper. “I remember being in midair falling and I crawled my way to flat ground and went out the back window.”