Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Partial building collapse near Miami

Jeff Weinsier  WPLG Jeff Weinsier WPLG
Ginger Lawrence | 24 June, 2021, 16:22

Authorities in South Florida were responding early Thursday to a "partial building collapse", the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.

It's not known how many people had been in the building and there was no word on how many people could be injured.

The oceanfront condominium, which was built in the 1980s, has over 100 apartment units and was believed to be substantially full when a third of it collapsed in the early morning hours, according to Burkett.

CBS News reported that at least one person is dead and people are being extracted from the collapse.

"Over 80 MDFR units including #TRT (Technical Rescue Teams) are on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments", the tweet said. Two were in critical condition.

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CNN has reached out to Miami Beach Fire Rescue and the Miami Beach Mayor's office. The building was undergoing roof work, the mayor said.

"The building, one of these huge buildings, gone, right there beside us, the craziest thing I've ever heard in my life", the man said in the video.

Local media said dogs were helping in the search for survivors, and that records showed the building was built in 1981 and had more than 130 units inside.

It was unknown what caused the collapse and if there were any casualties. The Miami-Dade Police Department said it is investigating the incident.