Miami police identified four of the victims of the collapsed building.


The victims were identified as: Antonio Lozano, 83, Gladys Lozano, 79, Manuel LaFont, 54, and Stacie Fang of the same age.

Miami-Dade Police have identified four more victims after the building collapse in Surfside, the police department reported Saturday night in a press release.

The victims were identified as: Antonio Lozano, 83, Gladys Lozano, 79, Manuel LaFont, 54, and Stacie Fang of the same age.

Antonio and Gladys Lozano lived in department 903. According to the police, Lozano's body had been found on Thursday, and his wife was found this Friday.

On the other hand, LaFont, whose body was found on Friday, lived in apartment 801, while Fang lived in apartment 1002 and whose remains were found on Thursday.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a news conference Saturday night that five deaths had been confirmed. The fifth victim has yet to be identified.

The press release said that the rescue workers were working around the clock as they continued their search and rescue efforts. This unforeseen tragedy has affected many families, loved ones and our entire community. He added that the Miami-Dade Police Department is committed to honoring and assisting all those affected during this difficult and emotional process.

With the identification of previously recovered bodies, he said, "this means that the number of missing persons has now dropped to 156, with confirmed deaths now at five."

According to a 2018 report, a fire escalated this week after a failed search for a partial collapse of a building, damaging key structures.

We are facing enormous difficulties with this fire," Mayor Levine Cava had earlier admitted.  The blaze, the source of which firefighters have not been able to locate, broke out at the site where the 12-story Champlain Towers collapsed early Thursday morning. According to the mayor, the smoke spreads from the rubble and makes some search areas inaccessible.

So far,  at least five people have died after the 12-story oceanfront building in Surfside, near Miami Beach, collapsed as residents slept inside early Thursday morning.

"We are optimistic. We are continuing to search for survivors in the wreckage, this is our priority and our teams have not stopped," Levine Cava said.

According to authorities, almost a third of the disappeared are foreigners: nine are Argentines, six Paraguayans - among whom is the sister of the first lady of that country - and at least four Canadians.

Increasingly frustrated families are growing impatient and fear that the high number of the missing will drive up the death toll.