Apartment building 12 storeys high collapses in US town of Surfside. A 12-storey oceanfront apartment block in Florida has partially collapsed, killing at least one person and sparking a major emergency response, with dozens of rescuers combing the rubble for survivors.
Video footage posted online showed a large portion of the building in the town of Surfside, just north of Miami Beach, reduced to rubble, with the apartments’ interiors exposed.
At least one person had been confirmed dead, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told Vovtube.
“My police chief has told me that we transported two people to the hospital this morning at least and one has died. We treated 10 people on the site,” Mr Burkett said.
It was unclear how many people lived in the building or were inside at the time of the incident, but local news station NBC 6 South Florida reported that firefighters pulled one boy from the rubble alive.
Santo Mejil, 50, told the Miami Herald his wife called him from the building, where she was working as an aide for an elderly woman.
He said she later called him and said rescuers were bringing her down.
Police blocked nearby roads, and scores of fire and rescue vehicles, ambulances and police cars swarmed the area.
“What I can tell you is the building is 12 floors. The entire back side of the building has collapsed,” Sergeant Marian Cruz of the Surfside Police Department said.
It is not yet known what caused the collapse.