1 Person Dead, 51 Missing After Surfside, Florida, Condo Collapses

  • One person died when a Florida condo building collapsed early on Thursday, authorities said.
  • Fifty-one people are unaccounted for and 10 others were wounded, authorities said.
  • Videos and photos show first responders pulling survivors from the rubble.
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The partial collapse of a Florida condo building early Thursday left at least 1 person dead, with 51 more unaccounted for after the disaster, authorities said.

A section of Champlain Towers South, located on Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida, crumbled just after 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Officials said 35 trapped people were rescued from the building and two were pulled from the rubble. Ten people were treated and assessed on the scene.

Dozens more remain unaccounted for, according to officials. 

The way the building collapsed is making it difficult for rescue teams to locate survivors, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said. 

“The problem is the building has literally pancaked,” Burkett said. “It’s heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean, to me, that we’re going to be successful, as successful as we want to be, to find people alive.”

In an interview with the “Today” show, Burkett said the building damage was catastrophic.

“It looks like a bomb went off, but we are pretty sure a bomb didn’t go off,” Burkett said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a press conference in Tamps Thursday that the Sunshine State is “bracing for some bad news given the destruction that we’re seeing.”

“It’s a really, really tragic situation, so we’ll hope for the best in terms of additional recoveries,” said DeSantis.

Videos and images posted on Twitter showed rubble from the caved-in building and fire department personnel responding.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at 9 a.m. ET that “a massive search and rescue is underway” to find survivors among the destruction. One of those rescued earlier in the morning was a boy around 10 years old, CBS Miami reported.

Video from the scene showed rescues from the collapsed condo’s balconies, including NBC Miami footage showing a young person being pulled from the rubble.

A screenshot of news footage of a young person being pulled from under the rubble of the surfside collapse by firefighters.

A young person being pulled from the rubble of the Surfside partial collapse by firefighters.

NBC Miami

Tweets from the student reporter Eric Wasserman, who was at the scene, said residents were trapped in the portion of the building that had not collapsed, and that more than one person was injured, including a firefighter.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said that more than 80 rescue units were helping at the scene of the collapse.

A real-estate profile for Champlain Towers South said it was built in 1981. There are 136 units on the 12-story property, with two- and three-bedroom units that range from $590,000 to $915,000.

The site of the building collapse is located just minutes from the posh Arte Surfside, where Kushner and Trump are said to be leasing a home.


This is not the first time Collins Avenue in Miami Beach has seen a building collapse. In 2018, CNN reported that an empty 12-story building at 5775 Collins Ave. due for demolition collapsed at an unscheduled time, critically injuring one person.

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