Rescue Teams Respond to a Building Collapse in Miami
The building, in the Surfside area of Miami, appeared to be partially collapsed. It is unclear if there are any deaths or injuries.,
Dozens of fire rescue units responded to what the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department described as a “partial building collapse” in Miami early Thursday.
The Miami Beach Police Department said the building was located at 8777 Collins Avenue, in an area called Surfside just north of Miami Beach.
The residential building at that address is called Champlain Towers South and was built in 1981, according to city property records. The building has 136 units, according to real estate websites.
As of 4:30 a.m. Eastern, the police were not reporting any deaths or injuries.
Videos and images of the scene on Twitter showed the building, which appeared to be at least 12 stories tall, partially collapsed, with debris scattered on the ground and rubble piled high.
“It’s stunning to see in person,” one witness, Mary Parker, told WPLG Local 10, a Miami TV station that showed firefighters using ladder trucks to rescue at least one person from a balcony on one of the lower floors.
Other images showed groups of people standing behind police tape looking at the destruction.
More than 80 Miami-Dade fire rescue units, including the Technical Rescue Team, were on the scene with assistance from municipal fire departments, the department said.
Miami Beach Police and Miami Beach Fire were also assisting in the incident.