50+ Unaccounted For In FL Condo Collapse [VIDEO]

The Miami Herald reports:

Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Ray Jadallah says 55 units in the Northeast corridor of the building collapsed, and 35 survivors were pulled out. Ten were treated at the scene, two were transported to the hospital. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett confirmed at least one person has died. Authorities anticipate more fatalities but wouldn’t speculate on the number.

Frank Rollason, director of Miami-Dade Emergency Management, said emergency workers believe they have cleared all easily reachable survivors from inside the tower, which has more than 130 apartments. He said more than 70 of the units have been destroyed or damaged. “Everyone who is alive is out of the building,” he told the Miami Herald.

NBC News reports:

Surfside Commissioner Eliana Salzhauer said search and rescue operations could “play out for days.” A lightning storm was complicating those efforts Thursday morning.

“I mean, could be weeks until we really know who is under the rubble, who survived, who didn’t survive. There’s a lot of people unaccounted for, lot of families very concerned,” she said.

Though authorities have not released exact numbers, the mayor said there were “quite a few” people in the building at the time of the collapse. Some were able to make their way to the front of the structure as the back collapsed.