Investigators were working Thursday to determine what caused a 40-year-old apartment building on the South Florida beach to collapse, killing at least one person and injuring 10 others.
Rescuers continued to search for survivors after part of Champlain Towers South, a 12-story condominium, “creped” in the town of Surfside, Fla., Shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday, Mayor Charles Burkett said. .
About half of the building’s more than 130 units have been affected, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said, and officials fear many more may be dead and trapped under the rubble.
Why the building collapsed is not immediately known. Burkett said the roof was being worked on recently, but he doesn’t believe that caused the building to fall.
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The collapse left piles of debris around the building and dust-covered cars two blocks away.
Here’s what we know about the building:
The Champlain Sud towers were built in 1981
The L-shaped Champlain Towers South is located in the southeast corner of Surfside, and Burkett said the building was not old compared to other South Beach art deco buildings built in the 1920s.
“There is no reason for this building to collapse like this unless someone literally pulls the brackets out from underneath or they are washed away or there is a sinkhole,” he said. he declares. “… because he just fell.”
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Burkett said he was not sure the 40-year-old inspection of the building had started, as required by law.
“At the end of the day, it’s not an old building, and an inspection after 40 years or not, that sort of thing shouldn’t happen,” he said.
Roofing work has been done recently
Burkett said roofing work was underway in the building. There was a crane in the building and he said the work would likely have required inspection and a permit.
Burkett didn’t know how heavy the equipment used to work on the roof was, but he didn’t think its weight would have caused the collapse. “It is hard to imagine that this could have been the source of such a catastrophic collapse,” he added.
The building had more than 130 units
Online records show more than 130 units in the building. Some belonged to individuals and others to LLCs.
A few two-bedroom units in the development are listed for sale with asking prices of $ 600,000 to $ 700,000, according to an Internet search.
The building’s website promotes “incredible waterfront views or spectacular views of the inter-coastal waterway with the city in the background.”
He adds that year-round ocean breezes help keep temperatures moderate in summer and winter and that the condos are “located near some of the best shopping Miami has to offer as well as Miami’s famous nightlife.” .
SOURCE USA TODAY Network Reports and Research; Associated Press