One dead after Florida apartment block partially collapses

  • One dead after Florida apartment block partially collapses

One dead after Florida apartment block partially collapses

More than 80 fire and rescue units were on the scene of a partial building collapse in Miami, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department said in a tweet early Thursday.

According to the Miami Herald, the 12-story apartment building, part of Champlain Towers, is an oceanside condo built in 1981 with more than 100 units.

At least one person has been confirmed dead, Surfside mayor Charles Burkett told NBC's Today show.

Footage of firefighters pulling one boy from the rubble alive was aired by NBC 6 South Florida.

Miami-Dade's Technical Rescue Team and local fire departments are assisting in the search for survivors, NBC6 in Miami reported. Two have critical injuries while the third is in fair condition, a hospital spokesperson told ABC News. "Look at the building, it's gone". About 80 rescue units responded to the scene. "What I can tell you is the building is twelve floors".

"We are so grateful to @MiamiDadeFire, @MiamiBeachFire and all the first responders on the scene - may they stay safe while working to save lives".

Officials haven't yet said what may have caused the collapse.

"Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting", the force added. Search dogs did an initial pass around the wreckage when it was still dark but there were no signs of survivors at that time, the mayor said.

This is a developing story.