Massive Rescue Effort In Maimi After Partial Collapse Of Condo Building
More than 80 Miami Dade Fire Rescue(MDFR) units have responded to the partial collapse of a condominium building that occurred in the early hours of today, June 24, 2021.
According to a tweet from the department’s account, it says technical rescue teams are also at the scene of the incident while the Miami Dade Fire Rescue is conducting search and rescue.
“Over 80 MDFR units including #TRT (Technical Rescue Teams) are on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments,” the tweet said.
Police have set a barricade on nearby roads, and lots of fire and rescue vehicles, ambulances, and police cars are parked in the area.
“We’re on the scene so it’s still very active,” said Sgt. Marian Cruz of Miami Dade Fire Rescue. “What I can tell you is the building is twelve floors. The entire backside of the building has collapsed.”
The collapse sent a cloud of debris through the neighborhood, coating cars up to two blocks away with a light layer of dust.
According to photos and videos from AP News, the scene shows that the collapse affected half the tower. Piles of rubble and debris surrounded the area just outside the building. The department has yet to say what may have caused the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.
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The building address is 8777 Collins Avenue, according to Surfside police. The sea-view condo development was built in 1981 in the southeast corner of Surfside, on the beach. It had a few two-bedroom units currently on the market, with asking prices of $600,000 to $700,000, police said.
The area is a mix of new and old apartments, houses, condominiums, and hotels, with restaurants and stores serving an international combination of residents and tourists. The community provides a stark contrast from the bustle and glitz of South Beach with a slower-paced neighborhood feel.
As of the time of filing this report, authorities have not said a word yet on the number of casualties, or details of how many people lived in the building.