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Remaining portion of collapsed Florida building almost ready for demolition

Search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of victims remain missing more than a week after it partially collapsed, on July 2, 2021, in Surfside, Florida. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of victims remain missing more than a week after it partially collapsed, on July 2, 2021, in Surfside, Florida. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Eighty percent of the drilling work to insert explosive charges into the precarious, still-standing portion of a collapsed South Florida condo building is complete.

The remaining structure could be toppled as soon as this evening, says Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah.

Jadallah praises the speedy work of the demolition crews and expresses hope that, following the implosion of the remaining portion of the building — over safety concerns and as a tropical storm nears — the search-and-rescue mission at the site can continue.

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