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WFU student group placed on interim suspension after part of floor collapses at off-campus event
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WFU student group placed on interim suspension after part of floor collapses at off-campus event

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A Wake Forest University student group has been suspended temporarily after part of a floor collapsed at an event at a privately-owned off campus residence.

Capt. Brian Lowe of the Winston-Salem Fire Department said that part of the first floor of the building collapsed into the basement. It is located off Palm Drive near the Wake Forest campus.

“The fire department was dispatched on a routine call shortly after midnight Saturday morning to inspect the building,” he said.

Most of the people, except the people renting it, had left by the time firefighters arrived.

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Lowe said that the inspection deemed the building unsafe and the students made other arrangements for the night.

In a statement, Cheryl Walker, a university spokeswoman, said that, “Wake Forest is aware of the Feb. 27 incident involving students at a privately-owned, off-campus residence where a portion of the floor collapsed. The university’s first priority is the safety and well-being of our students.”

Walker said they are not aware of any serious injuries but are following up with those involved to provide support and resources, including assistance with housing.

“The university is also investigating violations of the university’s COVID-19 protocols,” Walker said.

A student organization has been placed on interim suspension while the incident is under investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

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