US Fire rescue crews leave site of Surfside condo collapse after monthlong response
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A chunk of rooftop crumbled off of a Northwest Miami-Dade apartment building in Florida Thursday, weeks after a deadly high rise collapse in nearby Surfside. The Surfside collapse prompted emergency safety audits of all buildings over 40 years old and five or more stories tall – including a North Miami Beach complex that was shut down and evacuated following an inspector’s report on its structural integrity. AIR QUALITY AROUND SURFSIDE CONDO COLLAPSE SITE BEING MONITORED FOR SAFETY OF WORK CREWS The damage occurred at a building erected in 1972, but it is only three stories tall, property records show.
MIAMI — Miami-Dade County has announced that fire rescue crews who have been at the site of the Surfside condo collapse since the night of the tragedy will be handing over the remainder of the recovery effort to Miami-Dade Police.
Search and rescue workers from multiple departments across South Florida have been mobilized for a month since Champlain Towers South partially collapsed in the early morning hours of June 24. Two South Florida urban search and rescue teams are being sent home, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
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SURFSIDE, Fla. — The three-week-long search for victims in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside has become “increasingly difficult” as the recovery workers continue to search the rubble. The once-buzzing site has grown quieter. The trailers from out-of-state agencies that once camped on Collins Avenue and the nearby parks and side streets have begun to leave. The media tent where several dozen reporters from around the country squeezed in with their camera crews is mostly empty, as twice-daily briefings that were reduced to once-daily briefings have been further reduced to a news release.
Now, with the entirety of the rubble from the collapsed relocated, the continued search for human remains and personal items amid tons of concrete and steel will transition over to county police.
“The men and women of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue ran into a collapsed building on the early morning of June 24 and haven’t stopped since,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, in a statement Friday. “They are true superheroes who have stepped up to serve this community in the wake of unprecedented disaster — not just by leading the search and rescue and recovery operation but through the care and compassion they demonstrated to all the families, doing everything they could to bring closure to those who lost loved ones.”
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An engineer who was hired by Surfside, Florida, to analyze last month's residential building collapse said he was denied access to the site because police agencies are investigating the scene. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images Miami-Dade police officers helping with the search and rescue stand near the completely collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South on July 6, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.
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Authorities have identified 97 people killed in the collapse, but believe there is one more victim who died in the disaster and remains unaccounted for.
The site of the collapse at 8777 Collins Ave. was cleared this week after workers spent weeks filling trucks with broken concrete and steel to be hauled away to a site near Miami International Airport, where crews continue to search for human remains in the relocated rubble.
Miami-Dade police will continue combing through debris, which is being spread out in a shorter pile at the collection site for replacement search dogs to continue looking for remains.
“We’re also very grateful to (the) Miami-Dade Police Department, which has been leading the investigation since the beginning, and now continues the challenging work of continuing to sift through millions of pounds of debris, searching for remains and personal items to bring closure to families,” Levine Cava said.
Firefighters end search for bodies at Surfside condo collapse site .
“It’s obviously devastating. It’s obviously a difficult situation across the board," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky said.At least one more missing person is yet to be identified, following the collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in the early hours of June 24. If found, Estelle Hedaya, 54, would bring the death toll to 98.