First responders reportedly pulled a boy out of the rubble alive on Thursday morning after a building collapsed in Miami shortly after midnight.
“MIRACLE RESCUE: Firefighters pull boy from rubble alive after multi-story building partially collapses near Miami Beach,” ABC News wrote in a tweet that featured video of the rescue. “A huge search and rescue effort is ongoing.”
MIRACLE RESCUE: Firefighters pull boy from rubble alive after multi-story building partially collapses near Miami Beach.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 24, 2021
“We’re on the scene so it’s still very active,” said Sgt. Marian Cruz of the Surfside Police Department. “What I can tell you is the building is twelve floors. The entire back side of the building has collapsed.”
Miami Dade Fire Rescue said that more than 80 units were on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments to assist with recovery efforts.
“The collapse sent a cloud of debris through the neighborhood, coating cars up to two blocks away with a light layer of dust,” The Associated Press reported. “Photos and video from the scene show the collapse affected half the tower. Piles of rubble and debris surrounded the area just outside the building. The department has yet to say what may have caused the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.”
During a press conference later Thursday, an official with Miami Dade Fire Rescue said 35 occupants were rescued from inside the building. “In addition to those 35, ten were assessed and treated. Two were transported to various hospitals,” he said.
On Friday morning, Miami Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that four people have died and 159 people remain unaccounted for. The search and rescue effort remains active.
This is a developing news story.