Rescuers have pulled 35 people from the 12-story beachfront condo building that collapsed in Surfside, a town near Miami with a significant Jewish population, and are continuing to look for more, Raide Jadallah, assistant fire chief of operations for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, says at a news conference.
The rescue service says in a tweet that more than 80 units were “on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments.”
#MDFR is on scene of a partial building collapse near 88 Street & Collins Avenue. Over 80 MDFR units including #TRT are on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments. Updates will be provided on Twitter as they become available.
— Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@MiamiDadeFire) June 24, 2021
Police are blocking nearby roads, and scores of fire and rescue vehicles, ambulances and police cars have swarmed the area.
The collapse left a number of homes in the still-standing part of the building exposed. Television footage showed bunk beds, tables and chairs still left inside. Air conditioner units were hanging from some parts of the building, where wires now dangled.
— with AP