At least 80 fire rescue units are on the scene of a partial collapse of an occupied 12-story condominium building, Champlain Towers South, in Surfside near Miami.
Surveillance video shows the center portion of the building collapsed first and then the outer portion closest to the ocean fell.
As of 4:40 p.m. Thursday 102 people have been accounted for while 99 are unaccounted for, according to Miami-Dade PD.
MDFR now rescuing people from the balcony https://t.co/l5aDNJAet8
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) June 24, 2021
There are reports of at least one fatality and at least 12 injuries after 55 of the 130 unit structure located near 88th Street and Collins Avenue came down around 2:00 Thursday morning trapping people inside.
A massive search and rescue effort is underway. According to the latest press conference, 10 people were treated at the scene and two people were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Two people were extracted from the rubble and 25 people were rescued from the existing structure, according to fire rescue. The total number of missing people has not been released, therefore the death toll could rise.
A young boy was rescued from the rubble.
MBPD and @MiamiBeachFire are assisting the Town of Surfside at a partial building collapse located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida. Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting. Please follow @MiamiDadeFire for updated information. pic.twitter.com/8tORIfZfjY
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) June 24, 2021
A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted for loved ones. The reunification hotline number is 305-614-1819.
UPDATE: The correct address for the family reunification center is 9301 Collins Avenue. https://t.co/Mb5O5TJLjx
— Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@MiamiDadeFire) June 24, 2021
Michael Ruiz lives in the neighborhood and ran out to see the damage and says the building was a pile of rubble in the back.
“I have never seen so many ambulances or police in my life al at once. It looks like something from 9/11 literally.”
Ruiz saw first responders working to rescue people trapped in what was left of the building.
“They were helping some elderly people coming down through the balconies with the big ladder trucks from the fire rescue.”
The county’s Technical Rescue Team was being assisted by municipal fire departments in searching the scene for survivors, officials said.
Firefighters are using a ladder truck to rescue people who are still in sections of the building, which was built in the 1980’s, that didn’t collapse and a hotel across the street had to be evacuated after the collapse as a precaution.
The building crumbled in the wee hours of the morning just one block from where Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are leasing a home.
Champlain Towers South was one of three condominium towers that were built in 1981, and contained 136 residences with amenities including a gym and a heated pool. The price range at the tower starts at $600-thousand.