Condominium building collapses in Surfside FL

So far it is unknown why this happened.


SURFSIDE, FLA. (WSVN) – At least one person has died and 35 others have been rescued after a partial building collapsed in Surfside.

The collapse happened at the Champlain Towers South Condo near 88th Street and Collins Avenue, just before 1:30 a.m., Thursday.

More than 80 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene. Rescue crews from other cities have also responded to the scene to assist.

According to fire officials, “Thirty-five people were pulled from collapsed building in Miami area, search and rescue efforts ongoing.”

Authorities have brought live-victim dogs to the scene as it remains a search and rescue effort.

By 8 a.m., the search of the units that were not affected by the collapse was completed.

“About two o’clock in the morning, I was called by the chief of police who said there was a collapse. Couldn’t imagine that we were going to see what we saw. Looks like a bomb went off,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said.

Burkett said he was told by the fire chief that 10 people were treated on site, and of those 10, two were transported to the hospital.

One of the two victims transported succumbed to their injuries.

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7 Responses to Condominium building collapses in Surfside FL

  1. stella says:

    I wondered about this too.

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    • Lucille says:

      It DOES look like a bomb went off. The poor people!

      If it is a sinkhole, then looking ahead perhaps a few regulations need to be implemented re new builds in the area such as thorough studies of what type of bedrock is down under a site. Engineers would know what type of rock is questionable.

      It’s sort of like southern California cities allowing homes to be built in areas where slides are common just because the site has beautiful views.

      I bet insurance companies won’t be out much, if anything, but will blame it on their phrase “an act of God” natural disaster which isn’t covered under ordinary insurance. Unless the people have what I would assume would be very expensive insurance, the loss won’t be covered. But maybe such insurance is mandatory in Florida.

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  2. stella says:

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    • Lucille says:

      Whaatttt! And that wasn’t a clue that it may collapse? Unbelievable! Did every tenant know this? I would think revealing that would be mandatory. SMH!

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