Champlain Towers Neighbors Confirmed The 40-Year-Old Inquiry Was In The Process Of Beginning.
According to the agency on its Twitter account, the partial collapse of a building in Miami on Thursday morning caused a huge deployment of the Miami Dade fire service. "More than 80 units" of the service, including rescue teams, "are at the scene with assistance from municipal fire departments," authorities said. However, a key bureaucratic process could have prevented what happened had it been done earlier.
This is the well-known "40-year inspection" carried out when a residential building is four decades old since its inauguration. The Champlain Towers condominium had been erected in 1981 at 8777 Collins Avenue, and the inspection was nearing completion, according to testimony from residents of the collapsed apartment complex in Surfside. This inspection is in charge of reviewing the structure and balconies in detail and could determine if the place is habitable or should undergo various arrangements.
Firefighters were conducting a search and rescue operation, and around 7 am (local time), they confirmed the death of a woman. Authorities have not yet said whether the victims were present or how many people live in the building. The police closed the nearby streets, and dozens of rescue vehicles, firefighters, ambulances, and police flooded the place.
Surfside Police Sgt. Marian Cruz said the situation was still unfolding, although "I can tell you that the building has twelve stories. The entire rear of the building has collapsed. "
The landslide kicked a cloud of dust that spread to the neighborhood, and it also covered cars on the road two blocks away.
Site photos and videos showed that the fall affected half of the tower. There were piles of rubble and rubble all around the building. Firefighters had not yet given a cause for the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.
The building's address is 8777 Collins Avenue, according to Surfside police. The ocean side of the residential property was built in 1981 in southeast Surfside, on the beach. At the time, according to police, some two-bedroom apartments cost between $600,000 and $700,000.
The area is home to a mix of old and new apartments, single-family homes, condominiums, and hotels. Restaurants and shops serve tourists and locals alike. The population is a stark contrast to the brightness of South Beach, with a quieter atmosphere.