SURFSIDE, Fla. — A large oceanfront condo building near Miami Beach partially collapsed early Thursday morning, killing at least one person, injuring another 10 or more and prompting a massive search-and-rescue response as 99 people remain unaccounted for.
Dozens of units from police and fire agencies rushed to Champlain Towers South here at 1:30 a.m. after the northeast corridor of the building collapsed, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Jadallah said. Rescuers evacuated 35 people from the 12-story building, including two recovered from the rubble.
“We went running out, and we saw all the debris, and the building was just gone,” said Alexis Watson, 21, who is vacationing from Texas at a nearby hotel. “We heard a couple of people yelling, ‘Help, help, please!’”