Two people were hospitalized after the third floor of a New York City home collapsed during a raucous house party Saturday night.
As many as 100 people had attended the St. Patrick's Day bash, which came to an abrupt halt when the floor gave way around 10:45 p.m., sending party-goers scrambling for their lives, the New York Post reported.
"My whole life just flashed before my eyes,” Chelsea Poyser, 16, told the New York Daily News.
Rescue crews removed eight people from the second floor by ladder, New York's WABC-TV reported. A total of 12 people were injured, though 10 refused medical attention. Of the two people hospitalized, one was said to be in serious condition and the other was in stable condition.
The cause of the collapse is under investigation, though WABC reported that a previous complaint lodged against the building had been structural instability due to an illegal renovation.
One resident told the Post the noise from the party could be heard throughout the entire block.
“We couldn’t help but hear the noise, music, loud talking and yelling, then a lot of banging,” the resident said. “Then the noise stopped."