After a partial collapse of an apartment building in Miami, many tenants were thought dead.
On Thursday, a wing of a 12-story beachfront condo complex in a village outside of Miami collapsed with a roar, killing at least one person and trapping residents in rubble and twisted metal.
During the morning, rescuers extracted dozens of survivors from the Surfside tower and continued their search for more.
The death toll was expected to grow, according to Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett, who said the building manager told him the tower was pretty full at the time of the collapse at 1.30 a.m., but the actual number of individuals there was unknown.
Burkett said, “The building has literally pancaked.” “That is heartbreaking because it implies that we will not be as successful in discovering people alive as we had hoped.”
According to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, around half of the building’s 130 apartments were impacted.
By mid-morning, rescuers had extracted at least 35 people from the rubble, and heavy equipment was being brought in to assist stabilize the structure so they could gain further access, according to Raide Jadallah of Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue.
The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners’ Sally Heyman informed CNN that 51 people were missing, but that some of them might not have been in the building at the time of the accident.
Mr Burkett explained that the tower contains a mix of seasonal and year-round inhabitants, and while the building keeps track of guests, it does not keep track of when owners are in residence.
Mr Burkett had stated that two persons were taken to the hospital, one of whom died. He went on to say that 15 family left the building on their own.
The building’s roof was being repaired, but Mr Burkett said he couldn’t see how it could have caused the fall. Authorities have not stated what caused the incident.
I couldn’t get any further than my doorway. A huge crater in the ground
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated officials were “bracing for some awful news” due to the “devastation that we’re seeing.”
Which brings us to the collapse. (This is a brief piece.)