Apartment building near Miami partially collapses, emergency crews at scene
24th June 2021

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Rescue crews in South Florida rushed the scene of a partial collapse at an apartment building early Thursday that one witness said felt like an earthquake.

Surfside police told Fox News that multiple agencies are at the scene and it is unclear how many people were inside the building at the time of the collapse. Officials have not yet commented on how many people are hurt, but a firefighter on the scene could be heard saying there are multiple casualties.

One witness, who was on vacation in the city with his family, was next door and said it sounded and felt like a tornado or earthquake. He said he believed much of the building was occupied.

He estimated that the collapse occurred at about 1:20 a.m. 

“It was the craziest thing I ever heard in my life,” he said.

Joel Franco, a Miami-based freelance journalist, was live-tweeting from the scene. He noted that an urban search-and-rescue truck was at the scene. He posted another photo that he said showed about a dozen people who were rescued. Two were embracing. He posted, “This is tough to document.”

“I did see some family members being rescued by a crane from the Miami-Dade Fire Department,” he said.

Some of the photos from the scene were devastating and the building seemed to be well over 10-stories. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted that fire crews are on scene and said the building is located near 8877 Collins Avenue. There are over 80 units at the scene, along with other agencies.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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