ONLY ON WEAU: Student hospitalized after apartment floor collapses gives details

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LA CROSSE, Wis (WEAU)- One of the three college students who were hospitalized after falling through the second floor of an apartment building that collapsed during a party gave details on what happened that night.

Supposedly more than 100 students were piled into apartment number 135 on 6th street in La Crosse Saturday night. When the second floor gave out all the students, along with whatever was in that room came tumbling down.

AJ Chamberlain was one of the three who had to go to the hospital after being injured from the fall. He says he remember the night vividly.

“I heard guys swearing and girls screaming and the floor just started to drop,” described Chamberlain.

Chamberlain was struck on the head by debris as he fell and also chipped a tooth.

“I have six staples in my forehead covered by hair. My whole face was red and covered with blood. When everyone was running away from the paramedics I was running towards them,” said Chamberlain.

He estimated that at the party there were more than 50 kids in the room when the floor dropped.

“It was so dirty, so messy, and just debris everywhere. People on top of people, body parts moving ways they were not supposed to, and it was just really scary,” said Chamberlain.

Landlord Nathan Brooks said that he is not letting anyone into the apartment anymore. The apartment has been condemned by city inspection. Brooks did say that he was very thankful that no one had life threatening injuries.

“I went down there and I was just in awe I couldn’t believe it,” said Brooks.

Brooks said that he is having a tough time trying to figure out why the floor gave way.

“They weren’t just standing there. 40 to 50 kids standing there don’t break through a floor. They were definitely jumping up and down without a doubt,” said Brooks.

But Chamberlain said that it wasn’t heavy dancing that broke the floor.

“That’s where someone had set up the keg and it was surrounded. That’s where I believe the floor started to drop,” said Chamberlain.

Chamberlain said that he will be thinking twice next time he is asked to a party and that he would like to thank all the paramedics and his doctor that helped him through a scary situation.

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