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Multi-story building partially collapses near Miami Beach, authorities say

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(MIAMI) — A multi-story building partially collapsed in Florida’s Miami-Dade County early Thursday morning, authorities said.

The building, which appears to be residential, is located in the small, beachside town of Surfside, about 6 miles north of Miami Beach. Multiple police and fire departments from across Miami-Dade County have been deployed to assist, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said it has sent more than 80 units to the scene.

Witnesses told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV that people are currently trapped inside the building. A search and rescue operation appears to be underway.

Some people were seen gathered on the sidewalk outside the fragmented structure after they apparently escaped or were rescued.

People in neighboring buildings have been evacuated to a nearby recreational center, one witness told ABC News.

Further details on the incident were not immediately available. It was unknown what caused the collapse and if there were any casualties.

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