At least one person is dead and at least 10 are injured after a building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida.
Ninety-nine people are now unaccounted for after the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida, according to Miami-Dade Police Department spokesperson Alvaro Zabaleta. It was previously reported that 51 were missing following the collapse.
Heyman said crews have completed searching and are now shifting to recovery efforts. She said fire rescue and first responders have gone entirely through the building that did not fall, and the part that was partially compromised.
“The rest of the search and rescue efforts has been done by man power on the outside, search on the barrier quarters, also with drones and with dogs. It has shifted now or started to shift to recovery.”
More than 80 rescue units responded, according to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. There are huge piles of rubble near the damaged building as well as a large amount of first responders.
Kimberly Morales lives in the building across the street from the one that partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, and was awoken by building alarms going off. She told CNN,
“I woke everyone up in the room because when I looked out the window, I saw everyone outside. I told everyone to hurry up and leave the building.”
She says she didn’t hear the building collapse, but when they got outside, they saw a significant portion of the building was missing. She’s now in a community center with other evacuees.
Resident Michael Ruiz lives near the partially collapsed building and described the scene,
“Before just 2:00 in the morning — I live off of Collins Avenue — and I’m hearing, I would say, about 50 ambulances and fire trucks and fire rescues just driving by.I came by, and I have never seen so many ambulances and police in my life all at once. It looked like something from, like, 9/11 literally.”
A storms is heading toward the Miami Metro area, which could impact search-and-rescue activity around the building collapse.
My prayers are with all those impacted by this horrific tragedy and with their families. We are so grateful to @MiamiDadeFire, @MiamiBeachFire and all the first responders on the scene – may they stay safe while working to save lives.— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) June 24, 2021
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