A building partially collapsed Thursday morning on Collins Avenue in Surfside, near Miami, Florida, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department said. It has sent 80 units to respond.
Photos and videos show part of the building reduced to rubbles, with fire crews working at the site. KGO-TV reported that at least eight people were hospitalized.
⚠️🇺🇸#URGENT: Mass Casualty Incident declared following highrise collapse in Miami, Florida#Miami l #FLAuthorities are responding to Champlain Towers following a collapse of the 12-floor residential complex. There are reports of people screaming under the ruble.More to follow! pic.twitter.com/qZW3v5SEWA
— Intel Point ALERTS (@IntelPointAlert) June 24, 2021
Journalist Joel Franco, who is at the scene of the collapse, tweeted that some people have been rescued from the building.
Some of these people were just rescued from the Surfside condo building that’s partially collapsed. pic.twitter.com/NHvgk2oeBr
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) June 24, 2021
According to police, the incident took place at 8777 Collins Avenue, where Champlain Towers South, a 12-floor residential complex, is located. Local media reported that the incident took place around 2am local time.
“On one of these huge buildings – gone, right here beside us,” a man said in a video posted on social media. He said he was staying in a hotel next to the collapsed structure. “This is the most insane thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The apartment complex was built in 1981 and has more than 130 units, WTVJ TV reported, citing records.
More footage and a different angle from another guest of the hotel. pic.twitter.com/kkdsjO2s9l
— Jamal Akakpo 🇬🇭 (@AkakpoJamal) June 24, 2021