The building that makes up part of the complex Champlain Towers which collapsed at dawn this Thursday was built in 1981 and is located over the area Surfside on North Miami of that city in the south of Florida.
The condo has panoramic views of the ocean and is in a privileged area due to its strategic location.
Champlain Towers has a total of 136 residences and 12 floors and the price range for which a unit could be purchased was between 590 thousand and 900 thousand dollars. The surface of its apartments varies between 132 and 210 square meters.
The partial collapse of a building in Miami sparked a massive deployment of the fire service from Miami Dade, as indicated by the agency on its Twitter account. “More than 80 units“Of the service, including rescue teams,”are on site with assistance from municipal fire departments”, said the authorities.
Firefighters were conducting a search and rescue operation. Authorities had not yet reported whether there were victims or detailed how many people lived in the building. The police closed the nearby streets, and dozens of rescue vehicles and firefighters, ambulances and police flooded the place.
Police sergeant from Surfside, Marian Cruz, said the situation was still developing, although he said: ”I can tell you that the building has twelve floors. The entire rear of the building has collapsed”.
The landslide kicked up a cloud of dust that spread through the neighborhood, covering cars on the street even two blocks away.
Photos and videos of the site showed that the collapse affected half of the tower. There were piles of rubble and debris around the building. Firefighters had not yet given a cause for the collapse, near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.
The address of the building was 8777 Collins Avenueaccording to the police of Surfside. The ocean side of the residential property was built in 1981 in the southeast of Surfside, on the beach. At this time there were some two-bedroom apartments for sale with prices between $ 600,000 and $ 700,000, according to police.
The area is home to a mix of old and new apartments, single-family homes, condominiums, and hotels. Restaurants and shops serve tourists and residents of the area. The population is a stark contrast to the brightness of South Beach, with a calmer atmosphere.
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