Miami building collapse: Huge search for survivors

Miami building collapse: Huge search for survivors

Miami building collapse: Huge search for survivors

A 12-storey building has partially collapsed in Miami-Dade County, Florida killing at least one person.

Images have emerged of the huge operation underway after the building’s collapse resulted in a huge pile of rubble hanging down one side of a residential building. 

At least eight people have been injured, and according to US media, there are fears that others might be trapped. 

The building collapsed at around 02:00 (07:00 GMT). 

80 fire rescue vehicles have been sent to the scene and police are also assisting in the rescue operation. 

Miami building collapse: Huge search for survivors
Miami building collapse: Huge search for survivors

‘Big explosion’

The building contains more than 100 beachfront apartments and was built in 1981. Police gave the location as 8777 Colling Avenue – the address of Champlain Towers. 

Santo Mejil, 50, was woken when his wife called from a unit on the ninth floor of one of the three buildings that make up Champlain Towers. She is an overnight caretaker for an elderly disabled woman.

“She said she heard a big explosion,” Mr Mejil told the Miami Herald. “It felt like an earthquake.” His wife was among those rescued.

A man who lives in a building next door described what happened for CBS: “The building shook and then I looked out the window and you couldn’t see, I thought it was like a storm or something coming in.

“When the dust cleared, the back two-thirds of the building was gone, it was down to the ground.”

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