July 31, 2021

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Rescuers rush to partial building collapse in Miami Beach – NBC News

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Authorities in Miami Beach, Florida were responding to a partial building collapse early Thursday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said it was on the scene of the incident near 88th Street and Collins Avenue in the Surfside neighborhood.

More than 80 fire rescue units were involved in the response, the agency said just after 2 a.m. ET.

That included a Technical Rescue Team that is trained in the removal of victims trapped in complex or confined spaces, fire officials said.

Municipal fire departments and Miami Beach police were also assisting.

Footage from the scene showed a large section of a multi-story building collapsed into a pile of rubble below. NBC Miami showed a video of a young boy being pulled alive from the rubble.

A resident told NBC News that she heard some screams, adding that part of the building had been “pancaked.”

“Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is on scene, they’re conducting rescues as we speak,” Surfside Police Sgt. Marian Cruz said, according to NBC Miami.

“It’s a very active scene, I advise everyone to just stay out of the area so that fire rescue and officers can conduct rescues and do what we need to do,” he said.

Records showed the 12-story building, called Champlain Towers South, was built in 1981 and has more than 100 residential units.

It’s not clear how many people were inside the building at the time of the collapse, or if there were any injuries.

The building is located across from a sandy beach in the oceanfront community of about 6,000 people.

Police blocked nearby roads and traffic in the area was diverted early Thursday.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for more updates.

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