A number of residents from a Denton student apartment complex have been displaced after the floor of a third-story unit collapsed during a party Saturday night.
According to Denton's Fire Captain, the initial call came in just before 2 a.m. when the collapse prompted the second floor sprinkler system to go off at The Ridge at North Texas.
Denton police say all occupants of the apartment were successfully evacuated and only minor injuries were reported.
Abioloa Busari, a junior at University of North Texas hosted the homecoming party and lives in the unit that collapsed. Busari says he fell through the floor himself. He says the party got out of control and there were people in his apartment he didn't know.
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Busari is staying with friends in the meantime.
Denton Fire Captain Brian Glenn says the collapse likely broke pipes and plumbing and investigators were out Sunday afternoon analyzing the damage.
Ultimately it will be up to the city ot determine whether or not the apartment had any code violations.
Glenn says about 30 people were in the apartment at the time of the collapse and that he believes the structure just couldn't handle that many people dancing and jumping at one time.
Carley Carrol is a UNT sophomore who lives on the second floor directly below the unit that collapsed.
She says she hasn't been able to get inside her unit to truly see what has been destroyed but she believes most of it is because the sprinklers were running for several hours post collapse. She wasn't home when the incident occurred.
The Ridge at North Texas is a student- only apartment complex, owned privately and not by UNT. The complex spokesman offered the following statement to WFAA:
“In the process of making alternate housing arrangements for those students, a local university offered help as well to provide alternate arrangements. The Ridge is also arranging with structural engineers to assess the situation.”
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