Residential Building Near Miami Beach Partially Collapses

A large rescue effort was underway at the scene in the town of Surfside. It was unclear if there were any deaths or injuries.,


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A high-rise residential building just north of Miami Beach partially collapsed early Thursday, prompting a search-and-rescue effort involving more than 80 fire rescue units, the authorities said.

The Miami Beach Police Department said the building was located at 8777 Collins Avenue, in the town of Surfside in Miami-Dade County.

The residential building at that address, Champlain Towers South, was built in 1981, according to city property records. The beachside building has 136 units, according to real estate websites.

As of 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, the police were not reporting any deaths. “A number of people” rescued from the rubble were taken to nearby hospitals, including Jackson Memorial Hospital, a police spokesman said.

Footage from WPLG Local 10, a Miami TV station, showed firefighters pulling a boy from the rubble, amid piles of debris and rebar. They also showed crews rescuing at least one person from a balcony on a lower floor.

“It’s stunning to see in person,” one witness, Mary Parker, told the station.

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.

Other images showed groups of people standing behind police tape looking at the destruction.

Miami Beach Police and Miami Beach Fire were also assisting in the incident.

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