Death toll rises to 9 victims in Florida building collapse


SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Miami-Dade Mayor says death toll from building collapse has risen to nine.

As scores of firefighters in Surfside, just north of Miami, toiled to locate and reach anyone still alive in the remains of the 12-story Champlain Towers South, hopes rested on how quickly crews using dogs and microphones could complete their grim, yet delicate task.

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan R. Cominsky said in a Sunday press conference, shown in the video below, that he cannot emphasize enough the tireless work crews are doing in this 24-hour-a-day search and rescue effort.

“Our rescue teams are non-stop, doing all that we can, searching every area, every bit of hope to see if we can find a live victim,” he said. “We have heavier equipment we brought it, larger cranes. This is an evolving process. Our searches will be modified through out and we’ll continue our process through out the operation.”

The sea-view side of a beachfront condo tower collapsed in the Miami-area town of Surfside early Thursday morning, trapping residents in rubble and twisted metal and sending a cloud of debris throughout the neighborhood.

“The building is literally pancaked,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said previously. “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.”

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