- Title: Search continues for survivors of partial building collapse
- Date: 24th June 2021
- Summary: SURFSIDE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 24, 2021) (REUTERS) POLICE TAPE ON BEACH WITH PARTIALLY COLLAPSED BUILDING IN THE BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF EMERGENCY VEHICLES ON THE STREET NEAR THE BUILDING VARIOUS OF POLICE AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES ON SCENE VARIOUS OF BYSTANDERS GATHERED OUTSIDE DOOR OF BUILDING REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE RED CROSS DIRECTING PEOPLE BYSTANDERS GATHERED AT DOORWAY OF BUILDING VARIOUS OF EMERGENCY VEHICLES
- Embargoed: 8th July 2021 16:44
- Keywords: Surfside fire and rescue workers partially collapsed residential building southern Florida
- Location: SURFSIDE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: SURFSIDE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,United States
- Reuters ID: LVA001EIRHLXJ
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- Story Text: Hundreds of fire and rescue workers scoured through tons of rubble on Thursday (June 24) after a 12-story oceanfront residential building partially collapsed in southern Florida, with at least one person dead and 51 still unaccounted for, officials said.
Sally Heyman, a Miami-Dade County Commissioner, said officials have been unable to make contact with 51 people who "supposedly" live in the building, home to a mix of people including families and part-time "snow birds" who spend the winter months in Florida.
A fire official said 35 people were rescued from the building in Surfside, a seaside enclave of 5,700 residents on a barrier island across Biscayne Bay from the city of Miami, including two who were pulled from the rubble as response teams used trained dogs and drones in a search for survivors.
Built in 1981, the Champlain Towers South had more than 130 units, about 80 of which were occupied.
It was unclear how many people were inside at 1:30 a.m. (0530 GMT), when an entire side of the building pulled away and fell to the ground below.
The Miami-Dade Police have assumed control of the investigation. More than 80 fire and rescue units responded, the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department wrote in a Twitter message early Thursday.
(Production: Kevin Fogarty, Marco Bello, Kristin Neubauer)
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