A WING of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed in a town outside Miami on the morning of June 24, 2021.
Rescuers pulled survivors from the debris as a cloud of dust floated through the neighborhood in Surfside.
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At least one person was killed as part of a building collapsed in Surfside, Florida.
Witnesses reportedly heard screams from the rubble at around 2 am.
“The building is literally pancaked,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett.
“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.”
The director of the Miami-Dade Emergency Management, Frank Rollason, said that workers believe they have cleared all survivors from inside of the tower.
“Everyone who is alive is out of the building,” he told the Miami Herald.
Dramatic pictures showed a little boy being rescued from the rubble.
Miami Dade Fire Rescue said in a tweet that more than 80 units were “on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments.”
“We’re on the scene so it’s still very active,” said Sergeant Marian Cruz of the Surfside Police Department.
“What I can tell you is the building is 12 floors. The entire back side of the building has collapsed.”
The seaside condo development was built in 1981 in the southeast corner of Surfside.
Work is currently being done on the building’s roof, but the mayor said he did not see how that could have caused the collapse.
“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve never seen anything like this happen,” the mayor said.
One witness, who was in a neighboring building, said the collapse felt like a "tornado or earthquake".
He told Fox News: "It was the craziest thing I ever heard in my life."
Barry Cohen said he and his wife were asleep in the building when he first heard what he thought was lightning.
The couple went onto their balcony, then opened the door to the building's hallway to find “a pile of rubble and dust and smoke billowing around.”
“I couldn’t walk out past my doorway,” said Cohen, the former vice mayor of Surfside.
“A gaping hole of rubble.”
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