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At least 1 person dead as wing of Miami-area condo collapses

Part of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo that collapsed early June 24, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Part of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo that collapsed early June 24, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

A wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapses in a town outside Miami, killing at least one person while trapping residents in rubble and twisted metal.

Scores of rescuers are working to pull survivors from the debris as a cloud of dust floats through the neighborhood.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett warns during a news conference that the building manager told him the tower had been quite full and the death toll was likely to rise.

“The building is literally pancaked,” Burkett says. “That is heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean to me that we are going to be as successful as we wanted to be in finding people alive.”

Ten people were treated at the scene and two were brought to the hospital, one of whom died, Burkett says, adding that 15 families walked out of the building on their own.

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