ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - More than 70 people packed inside a tiny building for a party that one city official called a "disaster waiting to happen."
"There was a large party going on where there was more than 74 people, mostly underage, inside," Albuquerque Public Safety Department T.J. Wilham said. "There was also a line of 40 people outside, waiting to get in to this particular party."
The small building near Tingley Coliseum is zone for five people. Officers didn't find any drugs or alcohol for sale, but found a number of problems inside the building.
"This could have been a disaster waiting to happen. Had a fire broken out in this building, and they were allowing smoking to occur in there—this could have been deadly," Wilham said.
Wilham said there were no fire alarms, the fire extinguishers were expired and the building was way over capacity. There was only one emergency exit and it doesn't even work correctly.
"Had we not had this enforcement out there, there could have easily been a fire break out in this building and we could have a very different story to talk about today," Wilham said.
The city said there was no choice but to red tag the building. The landlord said he's going to evict the tenant. The tenant and another man were given tickets and could face 90 days in jail and fine. The city hasn't closed the case.
Police said they shut down the party after receiving several tips.
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