OAKLAND PARK, Florida. – Students and staff were evacuated from James C. Richards High School on Friday morning after the roof partially collapsed in the media center, which is under construction and where no one was.
The incident happened around 10 am
Oakland Park spokeswoman Shannon Vezina confirmed that there was a water leak in the school at 6000 NE Ninth Ave., which led to a partial collapse of the roof, which left great damage.
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Broward County Public Schools confirmed that no one was at the media center when the incident occurred, but Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela was later told that 13 students and staff were left on campus by the first responders. , five of whom were taken to hospitals.
The injuries are said to be minor and not directly related to the collapse of the roof, but rather due to experiencing symptoms such as headaches and nausea.
Authorities said the school principal heard two loud bangs before discovering that the roof had partially collapsed.
“Ten o’clock this morning, the principal was in his office when he heard a noise, followed by a noise,” said Kayla Concepcion of Broward County Public Schools.
The media center has been under construction as part of an ongoing project since the middle of last year.
Fire and rescue officials searched the building to make sure no one was trapped.
“We also brought a dog to search the whole school to make sure no one was there, and also a drone to check and make sure there was no one on the roof who might have been injured during the collapse.” said Chief Steve Krivyanik of the Auckland Park Fire Department.
Local News 10 spoke to parents who rushed to pick up their children.
“I panicked,” said one. “I literally just got out of the shower, put on my clothes and came straight here.”
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