Breaking News: Surfside Building Collapses

Screenshot of FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg’s Twitter statement addressing the tragedy.

Maya Washburn / Asst. News Director

Part of a condominium building collapsed this morning around 1:30 a.m. in Surfside in North Miami, leaving some residents missing and others fighting for their lives.

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg tweeted out a statement addressing the tragedy at Champlain Towers South Condo, completed in 1981 with 130 units at 8777 Collins Ave. 

“Our heartfelt thoughts are with the residents and families impacted by this morning’s collapse of the condominium in Surfside,” stated Rosenberg in a tweet. “We are also grateful to our first responders working tirelessly to help the victims of this terrible tragedy.”

Miami-Dade and Broward county rescue crews are working to find missing persons and save others. The Miami Herald has confirmed that 35 survivors were pulled out of the tower, 10 were treated at the scene and two were transported to the hospital for their injuries.

“The first responders were able to save a lot of people. They’re going to be going through more…it’s a really, really tragic situation,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to CBS Miami.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett confirmed at least one death. The accident damaged over 70 residential units, according to the Miami Herald.

“Everyone who is alive is out of the building,” said Frank Rollason, director of Miami-Dade Emergency Management to the Miami Herald.

The cause of the collapse is still unknown, although the building was undergoing roof construction at the time of the collapse. Surfside Vice Mayor Tina Paul told the Miami Herald that she is gathering a list of missing residents, expecting there to be over a dozen.

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