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. Kelcy

    Not life threatening......but were they life altering.....like in paralysis, amputations, traumatic brain injuries. I really hate "not life threatening."

    October 22, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      But frequently that is all the information available shortly after an accident. Patience grasshopper.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. barfly

    the party was jammin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. JOHN FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. PROUD ULTRA LIBERAL DEMOCRAT

    This is what you get for living in a red state, with those redneck building codes and redneck engineering at it's best.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      This guy...all knowing on building codes which apparently are now tied to political party? Feel bad for guys like this. The rest of America is laughing at you and crying for you at the same time.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmynog

      50 pounds per sqft, that's what the building code require a residential floor to support. I believe it's 80 for parking garages. This is why most apartments don't allow aquariums and water beds, water weighs about 10 pounds/gal.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Geoff

      I'm liberal too. But unlike "John from San Francisco," I'm not an idiot looking for a village.

      October 22, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      I've lived in Florida all of my life and frankly most of the building quality here stinks and our governor is trying his best to dismantle what little business regulation that we do have.
      Names of good contractors are passed around among family and close friends, they are worth gold here.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Residential is 40 psf (which can be reduced based on tributary area) + 15 psf which cannot be reduced, plus self weight of the structure. FYI garages are just 40 psf but cannot be reduced as much. Believe it or not, on a psf basis, people generally weight more than cars. A public area (assembly space) is designed for 100 psf. The criteria has nothing to do with red state/blue state.

      October 22, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • NooYawkah

      Water actually weighs 8 3/4 pounds per gallon. Let me guess, it was a 12th birthday party for some nubian princess. Luckily the floor gave out before the guns came out.

      October 22, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • BlueMoonMilk

      Don't be a bully: Blue County!!! HA!!!!! Yeah Right!!

      October 22, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. TvNyC

    Building structures are made cheap today. Hope everybody is okay 🙂

    October 22, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Surrounded

    I'm not surprised it happened in Florida. Weird stuff happens in Florida.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. TallyGuy

    Here is a flyer that circulated prior to the party – http://t.co/CR8Pu0EM I think it is safe to say they weren't there to celebrate a Florida State victory, nor are they mostly Republicans. The party was in a private 4 bedroom penthouse apartment over an open floor plan clubhouse and office space with little to no ceiling support. 100+ people jumping around in a lightweight construction building is asking for trouble. Luckily, there was no one downstairs. Just search "Seminole Grand" on twitter for a chuckle or two.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Shayna Rivas

      Seminole Grand sucks, but no I was supposed to go to the party and although that post was circulated before and the party would have existed anyway, it was more of a reason to celebrate when FSU beat UM.

      October 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    7 people in one of the bedroom? What the hell kind of party was this?

    October 22, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • shrinktofit

      "7 people in one of the bedroom? What the hell kind of party was this?" -Bob

      The best kind.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    By the way, these were all Republicans sent to Florida to register prospective Romney voters.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. shrinktofit

    What do you wanna bet some unlicensed, uncertified, uninsured low-bid no-permit contractor removed a load bearing wall ????

    October 22, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. timeismoney

    Shoddy construction, obviously.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. VegasRage

    55 people upstairs in an apartment, what could go wrong? Let's find out.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. larry

    Hmmmm,,,,55 people in one apartment.....can you say drop house?

    October 22, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Beauty and Bullets

    Sewing circle mosh pit.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. SplatTT Robertson

    The Lord is punishing those people for being gay and abortionists

    October 22, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Common Sense

    We know the builder was not an Obama supporter as Obama supporters don't have jobs.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • noteabags

      Really? Over 50% of the US population doesn't have a job? What other facts can you provide?

      October 22, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
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