After the partial collapse of a twelve-story apartment building in the US state of Florida, the police are still looking for numerous people. 53 residents, whose whereabouts were initially unclear, are safe, the chief of the local police station, Freddy Ramirez, told several local media outlets on Thursday. However, the search was still ongoing for 99 other possible residents.
According to the authorities, it is still unclear how many people were in the building at the time of the accident. Much of the home in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, was sagged, damaged, or destroyed, as seen in Internet videos.
Dozens of rescue workers searched for survivors after the accident early Thursday morning with the help of sniffer dogs and drones. At least one person was killed, according to Mayor Charles Burkett.
55 homes in Miami collapsed
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he was expecting “bad news”. The cause of the partial collapse was initially unclear. “It looks like a bomb went off,” said Burkett. “But we’re pretty sure it wasn’t a bomb, it was something else.”
According to local media, the house was built near Surfside Beach in 1981. Accordingly, there were more than 130 apartments on the twelve floors. According to the fire brigade, around 55 were affected by the collapse. (afp)
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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