College parties can be the source of plenty of innocent fun for students who have spent the week in the class and the library. Sometimes, however, these harmless get-togethers can get out of hand and cause property damage or even physical injury.
Earlier this week, a home near the campus of Regis University in Denver caught on fire when dozens of people feel through the floor at a house party and instigated a gas leak. No injuries have been reported as of yet, but the house has now been declared unfit for human occupancy.
The incident took place at an off-campus party involving around 150 people at 5233 Grove Street. The partygoers were dancing to a song by Kid Cudi called “Pursuit of Happiness” when the combined weight of the occupants caused the floor to give way.
One Regis University student who experienced the surprising event said, “There were a ton of people in the living room jumping around dancing.” Chandler Ellis went on to describe how “All of the sudden we saw the fridge start to tilt and the floor just went through.”
Another student who lives next door to the damaged house, Sawyer Lincoln, helped to pull people out of the wreckage after the collapse. He told reporters afterward, “It sounded like an earthquake, or like a bomb or something. It was crazy.”
After the floor snapped, witnesses say that you could smell the gas leak “right away.” People hurried to remove themselves and others from the dangerous home which was now leaking potentially flammable gas at an unknown rate. When Lincoln went over to help he says that he saw “20 or 30 people that had fallen through the floor, and more that were climbing out -- you either leave or help. And I just decided to help.”
Soon after the collapse, a fire broke out in the damaged condo home, further destroying it and causing damage to the two units that neighbored it. The former residents were told that they would not be able to move back into the house, and they are currently living in campus housing. A neighbor in the area told reporters that she didn't think the students “realized the gravity of the situation.”
The house had been well-known to students for its large parties, giving it the local title “The Spot.” Authorities are still quiet as the cause of the accident. There are not yet any reports of building code violations or other potential factors that contributed to the event.
No one throws a party with the intention of hurting their fellow students and friends. Thankfully, no injuries from this occurrence have been reported as of yet; however, property damage to the home and neighboring units may provide grounds for civil litigation. Injuries sustained from unsafe conditions on another person's property may also fall under premise liability. For a free case evaluation on any injury or property damage, you may have sustained from another's negligence, call the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal today at (303) 825-2223 or contact us online.