Horrifying video showing moment Surfside condo building collapses goes viral
Social media platforms were inundated with photos and videos early Thursday, June 24, after part of a 12-story residential building collapsed in the South Florida community of Surfside, killing at least one person and sparking a major search and rescue operation. The condo complex is reportedly one block from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's Miami home.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Ray Jadallah said that two people have so far been pulled out of the rubble and 35 others evacuated from standing portions of the building since it collapsed at around 1.30 am. According to CNN, a staggering 55 of the building's 136 units collapsed at one go, leaving huge piles of rubble and an unknown number of victims.
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Surfside Mayor Charles W Burkett told reporters hours before Jadallah spoke that one person had died in the calamity. Meanwhile, Jadallah did not comment on the conditions of two people who were rescued from the scene.
A witness told CNN how rescuers helped a boy from the debris, and footage from the scene showed first responders helping others get away from the standing portions of the building. "This is a horrific catastrophe. In the United States, buildings just don't fall down," Burkett said.
MBPD and @MiamiBeachFire are assisting the Town of Surfside at a partial building collapse located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida. Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting. Please follow @MiamiDadeFire for updated information. pic.twitter.com/8tORIfZfjY— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) June 24, 2021
As rescue teams scrambled to 8777 Collins Avenue, located a few miles north of Miami Beach, one nearby resident told CNN she was awakened by alarms going off and pounding on her door. "I woke everyone up in the room because when I looked out the window, I saw everyone outside," she said. "I told everyone to hurry up and leave the building." Morales did not hear the collapse and was shocked when she realized a significant portion of the building was missing.
Jadallah said that aside from two people being rushed to hospitals, ten were examined and treated at the scene. Meanwhile, the mayor revealed that the building was undergoing roof work. However, it is still unclear whether that was a factor in the collapse. Shocking photos and videos started coming in.
A more detailed graphic showing the apparent extent of the Miami/Surfside building collapse and damage. pic.twitter.com/kwrMClDr3g— Kyle H, Space Guy (@BoldlyBuilding2) June 24, 2021
JUST IN: 7News has obtained surveillance video of the moment the Champlain Towers South Condo collapsed in Surfside early this morning.— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) June 24, 2021
According to a fire official, 35 people were pulled from the collapsed building. Search and rescue efforts ongoing. https://t.co/Ac7KgnJOSO pic.twitter.com/oeczbumRG9
JUST IN: Video I’ve obtained of the building collapse in Surfside, Florida. pic.twitter.com/BGbRC7iSI9— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) June 24, 2021
Daylight shows how significant the Surfside, FL building collapse is.— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) June 24, 2021
A substantial part of the condo tower is gone. Search and rescue continues
A family reunification center has been set up at 9302 Collins Avenue.
If you are looking for family - you can call 305-614-1819. pic.twitter.com/MP3HYE9NoK
Authorities in South Florida were responding early Thursday to a "partial building collapse," the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said. The scene is in Surfside, a few miles north of Miami Beach. https://t.co/1mZcItXpzS pic.twitter.com/vz9LV40Ipt— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2021
One witness told CNN he saw a boy's wriggling fingers sticking out of the debris and immediately notified the rescue teams. Local resident Nicholas Balboa was walking his dog around 1.30 or 1.40 am when he reportedly felt the ground shake and saw plumes of dust and debris. He recounted the outlet how he and another man went to the back of the building to see if there were any survivors. Just when he thought no one could have made it out alive, he reportedly heard someone screaming.
"Finally, I got close enough to hear him, and (the trapped boy) said, 'Can you see my hand?'" Balboa told CNN. "He was sticking his hand up... through the debris. And I could see his hand and his fingers wiggling."
Boy rescued from the rubble of a building collapse in Surfside, Florida -- near Miami Beach.— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) June 24, 2021
Hundreds of first responders are on the scene right now.
Rescue operation continues at 8777 Collins Ave. pic.twitter.com/Hnq7Gd9QW4
Balboa and the other man, who wasn't identified, got a police officer to come over, with other rescuers following shortly after. The boy was reportedly under a mattress and bed frame when he was found.