An eleven-story apartment building collapsed in Florida’s Miami-Dade County early
Thursday morning, authorities said.
The apartment block is believed to be called Champlain Towers South and it is near
88th Street. Piles of debris can be seen lying at the corner of Collins Avenue in Florida.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue unit confirmed that more than 80 vehicles and their rescue
teams were on the scene in the early hours of this morning
It is feared many people may be dead or trapped in the building, as many would have
been asleep when the collapse happened at around 1.20 am local time.
Firefighters and police vehicles were seen rushing to the scene in video footage.
As of yet, there is no information on the cause of the collapse, and the emergency
services say the situation is ‘ongoing’.
There are 213 homes in the building and they typically sell for between $600,000 and
$700,000 (£400,000 and £500,000). It was built in 1981.
It has been reported at least two people have been taken to hospital.
One eyewitness told Fox News that it was ‘like a tornado or earthquake’.
The man, who was on holiday next door with his family, said: ‘It was the craziest thing I
ever heard in my life.’ Journalist Joel Franco, who was on the scene, believes some people
have already been rescued from the rubble.
‘MDFR [Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department] now rescuing people from the balcony,’
he tweeted. This is tough to document.’
A statement from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said: ‘We are on the scene of a partial building
collapse near 88 Street and Collins Avenue.
‘Over 80 MDFR units, including technical rescue teams, are on scene with assistance from
municipal fire departments.’