At least one person is dead after a 12-storey high-rise collapsed near Miami Beach as search and rescue workers pick through the rubble for survivors.
At least one person is dead after a high-rise apartment block in Florida partially collapsed during Thursday’s early hours, sparking a major emergency response.
Online videos showed a large portion of the 12-storey building in the town of Surfside – just north of Miami Beach – reduced to rubble, with the apartments’ interiors exposed.
Firefighters could be seen pulling a boy from the rubble alive.
Miami Beach Police Department said its officers were “assisting the Town of Surfside at a partial building collapse.”
“Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting,” the force added.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said: “Over 80 MDFR units … are on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments.”
The building was built in 1981 and had more than 130 units inside.
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