Multiple Injuries After Drywall Collapse at Broward Casino
Parts of the drywall at the Seminole Classic Casino near Hollywood collapsed Monday morning, sending six to hospital and leaving others with minor injuries.
Maintenance crews had a fire extinguishing system installed on the property when a compression tank exploded and tore down part of the drywall, according to a spokesman for the city of Hollywood Fire Rescue. The crews worked in the attic and in a room on the second floor where the tank exploded and sent pieces of drywall to the first floor, the spokesman said.
The fire brigade treated 20 people on site with minor injuries and transported another six also slightly injured to Memorial Hospital. No deaths were reported.
The building at 7 4150 North State Road has been evacuated.
The Seminole Classic Casino is different from the much larger Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 1 Seminole Way near Hollywood is known for its 12-story guitar-shaped hotel with 469 guest rooms and suites.
According to the tribe’s website, the Seminole tribe owns both the Classic and Hard Rock Hotel casinos. The trunk is on site and determined, said the spokesman for the fire department.
The incident comes amid mounting concerns and control over the structural integrity and safety of buildings in South Florida following the fatal collapse of the Surfside condominium.
The bulk of the twelve-story Champlain Towers South, containing 136 units, collapsed in the early morning of June 24, killing 98 people. Both Broward County, where the casino’s drywall was removed, and Miami-Dade County, which includes Surfside, are demanding 40-year recertification of their buildings, though counties and cities have pushed for more frequent inspections following the Champlain tragedy.
In the immediate aftermath of Surfside’s collapse, several Miami-Dade residential buildings were evacuated after officials declared them unsafe. In August, officials evacuated a condominium complex near Miami International Airport after finding the columns to be “structurally inadequate”.
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