SURFSIDE, FL. (THECOUNT) — At least one person is confirmed dead and scores injured, including children, after condo building collapse early Thursday morning near Miami Beach.
At least one person was killed – And so far, 35 people, including a child, have been rescued from the rubble at the Surfside, Florida condo. Ten people were injured and two were transported to area hospitals.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. at the Champlain Towers South condominium building, located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, according to WPTV.
Video from the scene showed the building collapsed into a pile of bricks and debris on the ground.
According to authorities from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, 55 units were impacted inside the condominium building, which was more than 80% occupied at the time of the collapse.
Officials said an urgent search and rescue effort is underway with dogs, but they haven’t had any hits yet. Crews are tunneling into the rubble to find survivors.
The 12-story, 136-unit condominium building was built in 1981. It has a few two-bedroom units currently on the market, with asking prices of $600,000 to $700,000, police said.