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.