COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) - Coconut Creek Fire Rescue responded to a partial structural collapse at Atlantic Technical College, a high school and post-secondary institution within the Broward County Public School system.
Officials said the incident occurred Tuesday morning in a breezeway connecting two buildings at the campus located at 4700 Coconut Creek Parkway.
7Skyforce hovered over the scene, where part of the attached breezeway appeared to have caved in.
A student was studying in a nearby classroom and said he felt the building shake.
“When we got midway through the tech class, you could hear and feel the vibration through the school, feel it go down,” said Anthony Silvestri, and 11th grader.
Broward County Schools Superintendant Peter Licata was briefed on the situation and spoke to the media.
“Crews are on site. We’re trying to clear the debris as much as possible,” he said. “We had students make sure they stay away from that area, but it’s just an overweight of debris and removal of roofing construction in that area.”
Licata added that the information he provided to the public is all the knowledge he has of the incident so, the reports are subject to change.
Fortunately, no injuries have been reported in connection with the collapse.
But for a lot of students, like Silvestri, they just want to feel safe.
“A lot of students are really worried now because now we’re all questioning the condition of our school and our school roof, because we’ve been having a lot of leaks in the school with out classrooms,” he said.
Neeta Rancourt, principal at ATC, released the following statement, which reads as follows, “I want to assure you all students and staff are safe – and the area has been secured. There were no injuries involved, as there were no students or staff in the immediate area at the time of the incident.”
The Broward County Public School district is actively working to determine the appropriate course of action for the campus.
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