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(NECN: Ally Donnelly, Boston) - There's a new focus on keeping college students safe in Boston after an MIT student survived a 4-story fall.
The student fell through a rooftop skylight at a frat house at 487 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston.
Boston police say this teenager is lucky he wasn’t more seriously hurt. Alcohol, a rooftop party, an illegal roof deck and some very poor decision making led to a dangerous night.
“I just heard they are crazy,” said one student.
MIT students might be known for their brains but Boston police say one did something very foolish Thursday. They say an 18-year-old freshman jumped up and down on a Plexiglas skylight on the roof of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house on Comm Ave in Boston.
The teen fell four floors, landing on the first floor staircase. MIT, who is not releasing his name, says he is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries
Boston University senior Tiaundra Smith said, "I know the parties are huge on the rooftop but not as scary as what just happened."
Boston Police say alcohol was being served. We tried to talk to the fraternity, but they shut the door in our face.
BU Sophomore Alex Rothkrug lives next door and said, "They're usually good guys. MIT frats are pretty mellow."
"They shouldn’t be allowed to drink up there on the roofs of these buildings," Boston Mayor Tom Menino said about students living in off-campus housing.
City inspectors came and went throughout the day Thursday and are issuing several citations to the building's owners who they believe are members of the fraternity's alumni association. They say the owners illegally knocked down walls between 485 and 487 Comm Ave to create a bigger space for the fraternity.
They were also cited for having an unsafe and ill legal roof deck built without permits or inspections. The next violation is for an unsafe structure, using an existing rooftop as a roof deck on top of an unprotected roof membrane. City inspectors also found that the owners did not install proper guard rails or protection of any kind on the roof.
BU Sophmore and neighbor Michael Li, "In our dorm, we're not allowed access to the roof, so I'm not sure how they got up there. The buildings are old and stuff breaks --skylights break."
With so much construction apparently inside and on the roof, why didn't city inspectors know about it? A spokesperson for the city's inspectional services department says she does not have information on when the building was last inspected.