1 dead, search and rescue underway following condo building collapse near Miami


SURFSIDE, Florida (WJW/AP) – One person was confirmed dead following the collapse of a 12-story condo building in Surfside, Florida.

CBS 6 reports Surfside’s mayor confirmed at least one person was killed. Search and rescue efforts are still underway.

The building collapsed around 2 a.m. Thursday, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, who is assisting Surfside.

Pictures from Miami Beach police show one side of the building that looks like it has been ripped down from top to bottom.

Authorities had no word yet on casualties or details of how many people lived in the building.

“We’re on the scene so it’s still very active,” said Sgt. Marian Cruz of the Surfside Police Department. “What I can tell you is the building is twelve floors. The entire backside of the building has collapsed.”

In one video from the scene, you could see rescue crews pull a little boy from the rubble.

The boy appeared to be alert. There is no word on his condition.

Surfside is just north of Miami Beach.

Multiple agencies across south Florida are assisting.

Firefighters are using a cherry picker to go from apartment to apartment from the outside of the building.

NBC 6 reports the 12-story building was built in 1981 and has more than 130 units.

“Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is on scene, they’re conducting rescues as we speak,” Surfside Police Sgt. Marian Cruz told NBC 6. “It’s a very active scene, I advise everyone to just stay out of the area so that fire rescue and officers can conduct rescues and do what we need to do.”

The collapse sent a cloud of debris through the neighborhood, coating cars up to two blocks away with a light layer of dust.

The cause of the collapse is unknown.

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