University of Nort Texas junior Abiola Busari hosted a homecoming party in this multi-story student apartment building. Police estimated about 100 people were packed into the third-floor unit. About 50 residents haven't been able to return to their apartmentst. They were at the police department reporting the party.
A raucous homecoming party ended when an apartment floor caved in, sending at least 30 people crashing into the unit below Saturday. 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.
Investigators say the collapse was likely caused by too much jumping.
In video posted to Twitter after the incident, partygoers can be seen crawling through the rubble of the collapse, trying to get back to the third floor as fire sprinklers go off. Carroll and her three roommates, all sophomores at the University of North Texas, were not home at the time.
"TV's, computers, just everything", Carroll told WFAA.
The complex is helping those affected.
"We've called and said, 'It looks like the ceiling is going to cave in, ' so I feel like with us saying that, there could've been more that was done", she said.
The Ridge at North Texas lists itself online as "a student-only community located in Denton, Texas, which serves the students of the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and North Central Texas College".
Another email to tenants said the matter is being investigated by authorities and a structural engineer will be evaluating the building.