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25 Injured at Athens House Party

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About 25 people were hurt when the floor of an Athens house collapsed during a house party early Friday morning.

An estimated 500 people attended the party at a house in The Retreat, a subdivision of rental houses for college students located off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The weight of the partygoers apparently caused the floor to collapse, sending people tumbling into the crawlspace below.

The Athens-Clarke County Fire Department responded to a call at about 1 a.m. Friday to find the way blocked by parked vehicles.

“When our crews finally made it to the home, they found a two-story home over a high crawl space,” Capt. Nate Moss told Classic City News. “The majority of the first floor had collapsed into the crawl space due to dozens of people who had overcrowded the space while having a party.”

Firefighters, police and EMTs helped rescue partygoers caught in the debris. About 25 people suffered injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to a possibly broken arm.

The county fire marshal will assess the damage to see if the Magnolia Bluff Drive house should be condemned.