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US Surfside building collapse: Rescuers put own lives at risk to find survivors

13:01  25 june  2021
13:01  25 june  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

How to Help Victims of Surfside Building Collapse in Florida

  How to Help Victims of Surfside Building Collapse in Florida As the search and rescue operations continue, here's how you can help the victims in Thursday's building collapse.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said more than 80 units responded to the beachfront condo just north of Miami Beach around 2 a.m. and that 35 people have been recused from the structure and two from the rubble.

A massive rescue effort is underway Friday morning in Surfside, Florida, in response to the partial building collapse that killed at least one and resulted in nearly 100 people being unaccounted for.

"The building is literally pancaked," Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said in an interview. "It has gone down, and I mean there’s just feet in between stories where there was 10 feet. That is heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean to me that we’re gonna be as successful as we would want to be to find people alive."

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took to Twitter to post footage of rescuers working in the basement parking garage at the Champlain Towers. The crew is standing in knee-high water using a power drill to break through a wall. The ceiling appears to be folded in and is being supported by lifts, which underscored the risk that these rescue teams face while trying to find survivors.

Miami Mayor Says 'We Knew Nothing' About Report on Structural Damage in Condo That Collapsed

  Miami Mayor Says 'We Knew Nothing' About Report on Structural Damage in Condo That Collapsed A report from 2018 indicated the collapsed building in Surfside had "major structural damage" that needed repairs.Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a press conference on Saturday that the county "knew nothing" about this report, which came out two years before Cava was elected into office.

"Firefighters continue working on locating possible victims, while dealing with heavy damage and changing conditions in the parking garage," the tweet read.

The weather outside was also not cooperating. There were storms in the area last night and reports of lightning. Local 10 reported that the scene was "dark, cloudy and windy. A fog of dust rose from the concrete."

A spokeswoman from Miami Dade said structural engineers were on-site and monitoring the stability of the part of the building that is still standing. The report said teams of 10 to 12 were carrying out operations "underneath the rubble." A small fire also broke out at the scene that was extinguished, reports said.


Video: Search and rescue efforts underway following building collapse near Miami (FOX News)

Remembering the dead and missing in Florida condo collapse

  Remembering the dead and missing in Florida condo collapse SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have identified four of the nine people confirmed to have died after the collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium in Florida. About 150 others remained missing Sunday as rescuers painstakingly searched through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South. The Associated Press has been reporting brief descriptions of the victims. The Miami-Dade Police Department said the dead include Stacie Dawn Fang, Manuel LaFont and Antonio and Gladys Lozano. The missing include three members of the Mora family, and Linda March, a New York lawyer who came to Florida for the fresh air after surviving a COVID infection.

Maggie Castro, who is from the fire department, told WSVN.com that K-9s are being used to mark areas of interest. Rescuers are using camera and sound equipment. Officials said 37 people were rescued from the structure and two people from the rubble, NBC 6 reported.

Jimmy Patronis, the state’s fire marshal, told reporters that rescue crews will not stop "just because of nightfall. They just may have a different path they pursue."

Patronis said he was deeply moved by the image of a bunk bed near the now-exposed top of the building.

"Somebody was probably sleeping in it," he said. "There’s all those what-ifs."

President Biden on Friday ordered federal assistance to support the massive response in South Florida after a 12-story building partially collapsed, killing at least one person and trapping others.

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"The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts,'' the White House said.

Surfside building collapse latest: 12 dead, 149 others still missing .
At least 12 people are dead and 149 others remain unaccounted for after a 12-story residential building partially collapsed in Florida's Miami-Dade County last week. A massive search and rescue operation entered its seventh day on Wednesday, as crews continued to carefully comb through the pancaked pile of debris in hopes of finding survivors. The partial collapse occurred at around 1:15 a.m. local time last Thursday at the Champlain Towers South condominium in the small, beachside town of Surfside, about 6 miles north of Miami Beach. Approximately 55 of the oceanfront complex's 136 units were destroyed, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah.

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