An apartment building collapsed tonight in the US state of Florida, near Miami, at the intersection of 88th Street and Collins Avenue in the coastal town of Safside. There are people under the rubble.
Rescuers are looking for survivors and hope the death toll will be low as the holiday season ends. However, the authorities have declared a fifth level of emergency. Typically, this degree is awarded when there is a large number of victims and victims. Several sections of the 12-storey building collapsed, at the moment one dead has been found. The number of people in the building is unknown.
The causes of the tragedy have not yet been established. The residential complex Champlain Towers was built right on the ocean coast 40 years ago. Opposite him – the beaches of Miami Beach. The house has more than 100 apartments, including those for rent. 80 pieces of equipment, police, medical and rescue services, firefighters work at the scene. An eyewitness to the tragic events says:
“On the opposite side of the façade there are balconies, then there are apartments in which, as a rule, there is a living room in this place and another of the bedrooms with windows overlooking the ocean. It looked like an earthquake. That is, the house collapsed in one moment. It’s incredible. “
According to APE-MPE, at least 10 people were injured, 1 dead. The search for people does not stop for a minute. According to local network NBC 6 South Florida, firefighters pulled out the surviving boy from the rubble.