Surfside, FL — At least one person has been announced dead after a building collapsed in a city near Miami. The 12 story building collapsed with tons of people who has been rescued, pulled from the rubble, there are still nearly 100 individuals still missing.
“About 2 o’clock in the morning, I was called by the chief of police who said there was a collapse,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett, “couldn’t imagine that we were going to see what we saw. Looks like a bomb went off.”
There have been at least 80 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units who responded to the call to assists.
While the search and rescue continue, Burkett did state families will have a place to say as will the families in a near building.
“Surfside has set an area for the residents of that building in our community center. We have 15 family units, I believe, that we’re making arrangements with the Red Cross, and they’re going to be getting them into hotel rooms. We also have a building next door, which is a hotel with about 50 something units, and those people will have to be displaced too because it’s not safe for them to go back into the hotel next to this building, because we’re not sure whether this building is going to continue to come down.”
“It looks like a bomb went off.”
Charles Burkett, mayor of Surfside, Florida, joins us to talk about the partial collapse of a condo building near Miami Beach and the rescue efforts underway. “This is a catastrophic failure of that building,” Burkett says. pic.twitter.com/4xlVuj80bm
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More details to come as the story develops.