Miami Condo Collapse: Hundreds of rescuers work at the site

Miami Condo Collapse: Hundreds of rescuers work at the site

A partial building collapse in Miami sparked a massive response early Thursday from Miami Dade Fire Rescue, according to a tweet from the department’s account.

So far it is unknown if there are fatalities or injuries. However, dozens of rescue teams are located at Collins Avenue.

More than 80 MDFR units including #TRT (Technical Rescue Teams) are on scene with the help of municipal fire departments.” The tweet read.

The disaster area has been fenced off by the authorities, who are currently working to search for victims and remove debris.

The collapse is estimated to have occurred shortly after 2 a.m. (local time). A man who was on vacation with his family and was staying at a hotel across the street said it felt like an earthquake. Others described hearing a loud boom at the time of the collapse, reported ABC News.

Built in 1981, Champlain Towers is 12 stories tall and has more than 100 condo units, and is beachfront. The building is located at 8777 Collins Ave, in the Surfside community (Miami-Dade County), and is about five miles north of Miami Beach.

The authorities still do not know what could have caused the collapse of the building.

This was the place before the collapse at dawn this Thursday:

News in development.

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