Published on : Thursday, June 24, 2021
A huge rescue operation is under way in Miami-Dade County, Florida, after a 12-storey building partially collapsed, killing at least one person. One woman died, at least eight people were injured and there are fears that others are trapped in the debris.
The collapse is said to have occurred at around 02:00 (07:00 GMT). Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said they had sent 80 vehicles to the scene. Police are also assisting with the rescue operation.
A man who lives in a building next door described what happened: “The building shook and then I looked out the window and you couldn’t see, I thought it was like a storm or something coming in.
When the dust cleared, the back two-thirds of the building was gone, it was down to the ground.”
Police gave the building’s location as 8777 Collins Avenue, the address of the 12-storey Champlain Towers, which contains more than 100 beachfront apartments.
Surfside runs along Collins Avenue, north of Miami Beach city limits.