School roof collapses ‘leaving 9 kids injured’ as paramedics rush in

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A school roof has collapsed, injuring 12 people including nine children.

The media centre at James S Rickards Middle School in Oakland Park Florida, US partially caved in at 10am local time on Friday, forcing students and staff members to evacuate the building.

The school principle told the emergency services that they heard two loud bangs before the collapse, Local 10 News reports.

A rescue task force complete with a drone to fly over the building and search dogs to make sure no one was trapped, was deployed on the campus.

An Oakland Park spokeswoman, Shannon Vezina explained the dangerous incident was caused by a water leak at the school.

Oakland Park Fire Chief Steve Krivjanik confirmed that the chaos was the result of a broken water pipe in the ceiling which caused the "major structural collapse," NBC reports.

Despite 184 students and 55 staff members being on campus at the time luckily no one was inside the damaged media centre.

Yet a total of three adults and nine students were close enough to the devastation that they suffered injuries from it, The Sun says.

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Everyone at the school was ordered to move to Northeast High School for their own safety and to allow response teams the space to work, according to a representative from Broward County Public Schools.

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Fire Chief Krivjanik said 13 people were complaining of various injuries following the roof collapse which included dehydration, stress and headaches.

Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela was told that of the 13 students and staff members seen to by first responders, five were taken to hospitals.

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