Breaking News: Surfside, FL: Champlain Towers South residential condominium highrise building has partially collapsed.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and Miami-Dade Police Department (Information):

Surfside, Florida: Champlain Towers South residential condominium highrise building has partially collapsed on Thursday, June 24th, 2021.

Pictures: WSVN 7, WPLG Local 10, and CBS Miami (Courtesy)

Initials reports came into dispatch at around 1:30 a.m. ET of the 12-story condominium, 136-unit, building collapse located at 8777 Collins Avenue near 88th Street.

Multiple emergency responders are on scene, including from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department as well as Miami-Dade Police Department.

Initials reports that the northeast corridor of the building had sustained a partial collapse; approximately 55 apartment units were impacted by the collapse.

Emergency responders are searching through the searching through the searching through the building rubble for people who are trapped and need to be rescue.

More information still coming into ZachNews, and will be posted very soon below.

Pictures: CBS Miami, WSVN 7 and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Courtesy):

As of 5:22 a.m. PT, Miami-Dade Police Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has confirmed one fatality as a result of the building collapse.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department are saying numerous others are trapped after a condominium building partially collapsed.

Firefighters and rescue crews are continuing to search the building rubble for people who are trapped and need to be rescue.

During the search, a child was rescued from the building rubble and appears to be communicating with emergency responders.

Pictures: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Courtesy):

As of 7:53 a.m. PT, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department confirms firefighters rescued 35 occupants from inside the building, and out of the 35, 10 occupants were treated for injuries and 15 families walked out of the building on their own.

All units that did not collapse have been cleared by emergency crews.

Authorities have brought both live-victim dogs as well as cadaver dogs to the scene.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett warned during a news conference that the building manager told him the tower was quite full and the death toll was likely to rise.

The northbound lanes of Collins Avenue as well as the southbound lanes of Harding Avenue between 85th and 96th streets have been shut down due to the collapsed structure incident.

Florida Power and Light officials confirmed that power service is affected to customers in the vicinity of the building that partially collapsed.

“We are aware of the serious incident in our service area in Surfside. We extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected. We are working with Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue and have de-energized our equipment in the area for their safety, and the safety of our customers and crews. Service is affected to more than 400 customers in the vicinity of the building that partially collapsed. We currently do not have an expected time of when power will be restored,” said in a statement from Florida Power and Light.

The Champlain Towers South Condo residential highrise building was constructed in 1981.

During a news conference, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed that the 12 story building houses more than 130 units, and about half of the units collapsed.

The cause of the collapse remains unclear, however people in the area are telling local news media that work was being done on the roof of the building with the use of heavy equipment.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett has confirmed that roof work was being done at the building, but said roof work is constantly being done on buildings and doesn’t believe that is a reason for the collapse.

Pictures: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Courtesy):

As of 1:00 p.m. PT, Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez confirmed that 53 people are accounted for while 99 people remain unaccounted for.

Groups of 10 to 12 from the Urban Search and Rescue Team are looking for any air pockets in hopes of finding anyone who is trapped.

A group Urban Search and Rescue Team was also in the flooded parking garage with equipment to break through concrete.

Authorities said the rescue operation is extremely dangerous as debris from the structure continues to fall.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed emergency orders due to the building collapse.

“It’s a tragic day,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after traveling to South Florida following a scheduled event in Tampa.

Wasserman Schultz, U.S. Representative from Florida’s 23rd congressional district, said this will allow the federal government to step in and help local authorities.

United States President Joe Biden has contacted Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava after the incident, and later told reporters at a news conference that personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are already at the scene.

“I am waiting for the governor to declare a state of emergency. We are ready to move with federal resources immediately,” said United States President Joe Biden.

Video: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Courtesy)

As of 2:38 p.m. PT, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department posted video of firefighters and rescue crews working in the basement parking garage at Champlain Towers.

According to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, firefighters continue working on locating possible victims, while dealing with heavy damage and changing conditions in the parking garage.

Pictures: Miami Beach Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department (Courtesy):

As of 7:00 p.m. PT, Officials from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and Miami-Dade Police Department are still confirming one fatality despite other news outlets reporting three had died.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department say that 37 people have been rescued, and of those rescued, 35 were pulled from the still standing building and two from the rubble, including a 12-year-old boy.

Between 99 to 100 remained unaccounted in the condominium building partially collapse.

The cause of the building collapse remains unclear, however people in the area are telling local news outlets that work was being done on the roof of the building with the use of heavy equipment.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett has confirmed that roof work was being done at the building, but said roof work is constantly being done on buildings and doesn’t believe that is a reason for the collapse.

According to Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett, an application must have been completed before the work started and that an inspection would have been made beforehand.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett also said that he can’t imagine any reason for the tragedy other than if a sinkhole occurred or someone pulled the supports out of the building.

However, Former Surfside Vice Mayor Barry Cohen is saying he believed the roof work and other factors, like a new high rise being constructed next door, may have compromised the integrity of the building.

Investigation continues into what caused the building collapse.

The Miami-Dade Police Department reminds everybody that there are several road closures due to the building collapse, and ask the public and motorists to please avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, southbound traffic is being diverted west on 96th Street, while northbound traffic is being diverted at 85th Street and Collins Avenue.

The American Red Cross is assisting survivors, who will be placed in hotels for the time being.

A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted or missing relatives at a community center at 9301 Collins Ave.

Those searching for their loved ones or to report that they have been located are asked to call: 1(305)614-1819.

An emergency information hotline has also been created: 1(305)993-1071.

Several South Florida foundations have banded together to create a fund to assist those affected by the building collapse.

*** For more information about how you can donate to the cause, please go to the following website: ***

https://supportsurfside.org/

ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of the people affected by this tragic residential condo highrise building collapse, and thank to all of the emergency responders who rushed over to save lives.

More information is still coming in on this still developing breaking news story.

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