More than 80 fire and rescue units were on the scene of a partial building collapse in Miami, the Miami-Dade county Fire Rescue Department said in a tweet early Thursday.
While there were no official confirmations of death or injury so far, ABC News said eight people had been hospitalized and CBS reported that at least one person has died.
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
An image posted on Miami Beach Police’s Twitter account showed a tangle of rubble with debris spilling down from what was left of the balconies of the building in the darkness.
Stop the censors, sign up to get today’s top stories delivered right to your inbox
Eyewitness video obtained by Reuters showed neighbors gathering across the street from the rubble of a collapsed tower.
“This whole building here, it’s completely gone,” a person can be heard saying.
“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,” the police said.
The reason for the collapse was not given.
NEW: Video captured by NBC 6 shows the moment a minor is pulled alive from partially collapsed condo building in Surfside, Florida pic.twitter.com/jxFU5KxH8J
— BNO News (@BNONews) June 24, 2021
“Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is on scene of a partial building collapse near 88 Street & Collins Avenue,” the department said. It said more than 80 units were on the scene including rescue teams. https://bit.ly/3gYZBLF
The 12-story building was built in 1981 and has more than 130 units, according to NBC Miami.
Reuters contributed to this report.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org