Partial Roof Collapse Leads to Evacuation at Rickards Middle School in Oakland Park

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A partial roof collapse at a middle school in Oakland Park Friday morning led to an evacuation.

The incident happened at the media center at James S. Rickards Middle School, which has been under construction.

Broward County Public Schools officials said no students or staff were in the media center at the time of the incident.

All students and staff were evacuated to Northeast High School, officials said.

Officials said the school’s principal was in his office when he heard a loud noise around 10 a.m. and went to investigate and found the roof collapsed.

Oakland Park Fire Chief Steve Krivjanik said a water pipe in the ceiling broke causing a “major structural collapse.”

Krivjanik said no one was injured in the collapse but 13 people were complaining of various injuries related to dehydration, stress and headaches. Of those, five were taken to local hospitals.

Rescue workers flew a drone over the damaged building and performed a search with dogs to make sure no one was trapped, Krivjanik said.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.


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