MIAMI (CBSMiami)- Miami-Dade residents awoke to surprising information Thursday morning because the Chaplain Towers South in Surfside partially collapsed trapping a few of the residents within the rubble of the constructing. Fire rescue models and technical rescue groups from Miami-Dade and Broward responded to the collapse and could possibly be seen working to rescue a few of the trapped residents. Among people who the groups pulled from the rubble was a younger boy.
Rescuers could possibly be seen selecting up the younger boy out of the rubble and putting him onto a backboard, although he appeared to be able to shifting. He was one in every of 35 occupants that have been pulled from the constructing on Thursday morning.
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Assistant fireplace chief of operations for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Raide Jadallah had this to say throughout a press convention Thursday morning:
“Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, at approximately 1:30 this morning, responded to a reported building collapse. To summarize, we have a 12 storey, 136 unit apartment complex that had sustained a partial collapse. The North-East corridor of the apartment had collapsed. Approximately 55 apartment units, search and rescue efforts pulled 35 occupants that were trapped inside the building. In addition to those 35, 10 were assessed and treated. Two were transported to various hospitals,” Jadallah mentioned. “Search and rescue efforts are still ongoing. We do have operations being conducted inside.”
Assistant chief Jadallah steered that anybody who has family members who are usually not answering calls to contact the household reunification heart at 305-614-1819.
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Nicholas Balboa was within the space when the collapse occurred.
“I was awake and on the corner when the building dropped into a plume of dust and debris kind of pushed out. I was down the street, I started to walk down, there were some other bystanders who called 911 and emergency vehicles were responding,” he mentioned.
“I was able to hear a boy that was pulled from the rubble yelling. As I got closer, I was able to see his hand sticking through the rubble waving. As he was yelling, I responded to him. I began to climb the debris to try and get to him. I used the light on my phone to signal firefighters to come over. A police officer came over and he radioed for fire rescue to come over,” he added.
Balboa mentioned the boy had been trapped together with his mom, however he didn’t see her.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis mentioned at a press convention Thursday morning that he had spoken with each of the native mayors and that the state will assist in “any approach that we will“.