October 21st, 2012
06:47 PM ET

55 hurt after floor of Florida building collapses

The crowded second floor of a Tallahassee, Florida, apartment building collapsed early Sunday - sending scores of people plummeting and, ultimately, 55 to area hospitals - city authorities said.

None of the injuries suffered in the collapse at the Seminole Grand Apartments are considered life-threatening, according to a release on the Tallahassee city government's website.

Witnesses reported an "unusually large crowd" in the two-story, wood frame building before the city fire department got a call at 1:27 a.m. about the collapse.

Using a ladder truck, firefighters rescued seven people after they became stuck in a second-story bedroom and could not access the stairwell, the city said. No one was trapped under the collapsed floor, and the first floor did not contain any apartments.

The building opened for occupancy in December 1995, according to the city. The cause of the collapse - which early estimates suggest caused $250,000 in damage - is under investigation.

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  1. Derpwood

    Too many fat floridiots . .

    OVERLOAD FAIL

    October 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bronxwarlord

    too many people in one place. why no people limit? prayers for them.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      can't enforce a people limit really, it's a private residence

      October 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    Other than the birth of a child nothing good happens after midnight.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. really Alex??

    Wow, Alex, you live a dull life. How about homework, cleaning, wrapping Christmas presents, putting a basketball hoop together for a present. Making food for the next day?? Does that qualify as good. Or is it bad cause it was done after midnight??

    October 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfuso

      Do not feed them after midnight!

      October 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The 1%

    Must have been one heck of a party going on.....

    October 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted

    America just got even fatter.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Siculari

    Too many overweight people

    October 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bt

    Seminole collapse...usually cured with a square blue pill ?

    October 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gen

    55 people from northern Florida should never be in a house since they will bring it down for sure. I travel to northern Florida and majority are obese. Big difference from further south cities like tampa or miami..........

    October 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tiddingwright

    chrissy....youre really desperate arent you, come on is that the best you have a silly comment about the presidency.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tiddingwright

    That candidate romney is responsible for a building collapse in florida ? , thats far from obvious, good to hear you know call the accident investigators and let them know.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    How is that desperate? At every opportunity Obama is blamed for everything no point acting as if it doesnt happen. And if the best youve got is calling someone ignorant, im guessing youre the desperate one.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    THAT is NOT what was said. Maybe you need to review the posts.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mailin Wong

    Built with pride in the United States of America! God bless these morons...

    October 22, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Muse

    Romney is an IDIOT.
    We can only hope that idiot doesn't get elected.
    "let's make the rich richer and screw the rest of the country"
    Nice work SCHMUCK and good luck. Obama will destroy you in the polls...

    October 22, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
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