A high-rise building partially collapsed early Thursday morning in Surfside, killing at least one person. Many more are feared dead.
Scores of fire and rescue teams rushed to the area as part of a massive search and rescue operation.
Assistant Fire Chief of Operations Ray Jadallah of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says 55 of the 136 units at the apartment collapsed around 1:30 a.m.
According to Jadallah, at least 35 people have been rescued from the collapse site with two people being pulled from the rubble. Of those, officials say 10 were treated for injuries, and two were transported to area hospitals.
Miami-Dade police report 53 residents of Champlain Towers South have been accounted for but that 99 people, assumed to living in the collapsed building, are still missing.
“The numbers are fluid and can fluctuate at any time,” the police department told 10 Tampa Bay.
Surveillance video obtained by WSVN shows the moment the condo collapsed. The high-rise appears to fall in two phases before sending a plume of dust through the area.
Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to Surfside Thursday afternoon to tour around the collapse site saying it was “really, really traumatic to see a collapse of a structure like that.”
The governor thanked first responders for their efforts in saving the lives of those found in the building and among the rubble during a time when it was unclear if more of the structure would fall.
“We still have hope to be able to identify additional survivors,” DeSantis said.
The state with the help of the Red Cross has set up short-term hotels for those displaced. The governor said the state is also working to assist those in any way it can with longer-term needs.