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World Florida condo collapse: Rescue workers thanked in touching ceremony after return to headquarters

04:07  24 july  2021
04:07  24 july  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

Concrete slab at center of investigation into Florida condo collapse was showing weakness in 1996: report

  Concrete slab at center of investigation into Florida condo collapse was showing weakness in 1996: report A concrete slab that supported the pool deck at Florida's Champlain Towers South condo building, which collapsed last month and resulted in the deaths of at least 95 people so far, needed "concrete structural repair" to seal 500 feet of cracks in 1996, new documents obtained by the Miami Herald show. The report adds to concerns that the condo building may have been unsafe for years or even decades before it came crashing down in the early morning hours of June 24.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue remained on-site since the June 24 collapse , assisting efforts to search and rescue – and later, recover – the victims of the collapse . Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said the fire department’s role in recovering remains at the collapsed Surfside building has They left the site in a convoy of fire engines and other vehicles and drove slowly to their headquarters . Family members and officials welcomed the Florida Task Force-1 team back at headquarters , the final sign that their deployment was over. The rescue team worked tirelessly during that time.

Officials and rescue workers held a moment of silence and said prayers at the site of the collapsed condominium building Wednesday. Authorities told sobbing families earlier in the day that there was "no chance of life" in the rubble. (July 7). Minutes before the Champlain Towers South condo partially collapsed in the early hours of June 24, people reported an “explosion” in the garage of the building, according to just-released recordings of emergency calls to Miami-Dade police and fire rescue .

Florida firefighters have concluded the month-long search for bodies in the wreckage of the Surfside condo collapse.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue remained on-site since the June 24 collapse, assisting efforts to search and rescue – and later, recover – the victims of the collapse.

Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said the fire department’s role in recovering remains at the collapsed Surfside building has finished as of Friday. They left the site in a convoy of fire engines and other vehicles and drove slowly to their headquarters.

Family members and officials welcomed the Florida Task Force-1 team back at headquarters, the final sign that their deployment was over. The rescue team worked tirelessly during that time.

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Search continues after Surfside building collapse . CNN's Rosa Flores reported from the Surfside, Florida , condo collapse site as search and rescue teams continue to race to find individuals in the rubble. This is the first time CNN has gotten this close to the collapsed building. "As you might imagine, you can feel the pain, you can feel the urgency here from all of the first responders that are surrounding us.

Search and rescue team members climb the debris field of the 12-story oceanfront condo , Champlain Towers South along Collins Avenue in Surfside, Fla., on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP). They left the site in a convoy of fire engines and other vehicles and drove slowly to their headquarters . The June 24 collapse killed at least 97 people and at least one more person believed missing in the disaster has yet to be identified. The site in Surfside is empty now, but it remains a challenge for local officials.

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The collapse killed at least 97 people, and at least one more person is believed missing in the disaster, yet to be identified.


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Police and forensic specialists remain on-site to identify the remains of victims recovered from the wreckage. The site stands otherwise empty, allowing engineers to also start examining the site and figure out what may have caused the collapse in the first place.

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Allyn Kilsheimer, a structural engineer hired to help figure out why the building collapsed, warned officials that the site may still not be safe.

"We believe there is a potentially dangerous situation at the site, where the wall is in danger of collapse," Kilsheimer wrote.

Miami-Dade County is bringing in crews to help shore up the remaining underground walls, Rachel Johnson, the county’s communications director, told the Miami Herald.

"We are moving to procure a company to do shoring and bracing of the walls to assure there is no risk," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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