Building partially collapses near Miami Beach, authorities say

Jeff Weinsier  WPLG

A search and rescue mission is underway in Surfside to find any survivors that might be trapped in the rubble of the collapsed building.

A partial building collapse in Miami, Florida, USA caused a massive response early Thursday (local time) from Miami Dade Fire Rescue, according to a tweet from the department's account.

In a separate news release, it said more than 80 rescue units were at the location, including Technical Rescue Teams, along with assistance from municipal fire departments. About 80 rescue units responded to the scene.

Authorities had no word yet on casualties or details of how many people lived in the building.

A boy was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed condo building and was placed onto a stretcher. The building was undergoing roof work, the mayor said.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, about 8 miles northwest of Surfside, has received three patients from the scene so far. Multiple police and fire departments from across Miami-Dade County have been deployed to assist, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.

"We're on the scene so it's still very active", said Sgt.

Local media said dogs were helping in the search for survivors, and that records showed the building was built in 1981 and had more than 130 units inside.



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