Terrifying footage shows the moment the floor at a Colorado home collapsed during a house party, sending over 100 guests crashing through to the basement below.
The South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR), along with deputies from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a home in the 20900 block of Princeton Place in Arapahoe County, Colo., at 9:41 p.m. MST on Feb. 26, according to a Facebook post by SMFR.
“A 911 caller reported that ‘people were dying’ and hung up,” the post states. “Upon arrival, emergency personnel observed over 100 juveniles in the street and discovered that a large portion of the first floor collapsed into the basement.”
KUSA reports that the homeowners were throwing a birthday party for their 18-year-old grandson when the accident occurred, adding that there is currently no criminal investigation underway.
First responders entered the “badly damaged home” and began search and rescue operations. One victim with reportedly serious injures was taken to a nearby hospital, while two more people were hospitalized with less severe injuries.
SMFR also said that a natural gas line was ruptured during the incident and had to be shut off to “prevent an explosion and fire.”
One video, which racked up over 8.7 million views, claims to show the collapse from the viewpoint of a partygoer who went to the basement to escape the wild celebration just before the incident took place.
TikTok user Monet Kauai, who says she was in attendance at the party and was one of the people that fell through the floor, also shared footage of the destruction, showing multiple teenagers attempting to help each other out of the wreckage.
In a subsequent storytime video, Kauai claimed that the collapse occurred when the teens all jumped in unison during a beat drop.
“Me and my best friend were … holding hands. I can’t see her because it’s pitch black. All these people are on top of me,” she recalled. “It’s dark, and I’m getting kicked. I’m getting punched … Everybody’s freaking the f*** out.”
“The floor is just in shambles,” she added. “Everybody’s just screaming.”
An Instagram account belonging to a teen named Marvin Jones III, who claims the incident took place at his birthday celebration, shared photos of what appears to be severe damage sustained to the family house.
“Hi. I am reaching out to you all for emergency help for two elders in our community,” the page states. “They are in their 70s and currently not able to stay in their home and [are] in a hotel. Until things are worked out, they will need to remain at the hotel.”
“Their homeowners deductible is a $1,500 out-of-pocket proof of cost,” the page continued. “Helping them have somewhere to stay safely for a week or two will help cover this out-of-pocket cost. Any little bit helps!”
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