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Floor collapses at apartment party in Denton; only minor injuries reported

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Julia Falcon, For the Denton Record-Chronicle

A section of floor gave way on the third story of an apartment building early Sunday in Denton, but there were no serious injuries. 

About 2 a.m. Sunday, 911 dispatchers began receiving calls about a fire alarm going off at The Ridge at North Texas apartments in the 2700 block of Colorado Boulevard, according to a news release from Denton police and fire departments. 

As firefighters were responding, dispatchers started getting calls about a floor collapsing in Building 1 at the complex. The fire engine responding to the scene upgraded the incident to a "potential mass casualty incident," according to the news release. 

Social media videos of the collapse show numerous partygoers dancing and jumping in a third-floor apartment when floor gives way and people fall to the second-floor apartment below. 

The building was evacuated and only minor injuries were reported. At least six people had injuries, Denton police said, and no one had to be transported by ambulance.

About 50 residents were displaced from the building at the apartment complex, which mainly houses college students.

In an email sent to residents at The Ridge, general manager Pamela Smith said residents who were displaced are able to stay at the Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites and would be reimbursed for lodging expenses.

Another email to tenants said the matter is being investigated by authorities and a structural engineer will be evaluating the building.

FEATURED PHOTO: During a late-night homecoming party in the early hours Sunday at The Ridge at North Texas apartments, partiers in an apartment on the third floor crashed to the apartment below as the floor caved in beneath them. The building was evacuated and 50 people have been displaced. Six minor injuries were reported. Jake King/DRC