Home Doll house New footage shows condominium in Florida minutes after the collapse as onlookers called 911

New footage shows condominium in Florida minutes after the collapse as onlookers called 911

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SURFSIDE, Fla. (NewsNation Now) – Video taken minutes after the partial collapse of a 12-story Florida oceanfront condominium shows the gruesome scene as emergency crews began to respond to the disaster.

About half of the building’s 130 units collapsed on June 24, tearing down walls and leaving a number of houses in the still standing part of the building exposed in what looked like a giant dollhouse.

The footage, taken shortly before 1:30 a.m. local time on June 24, showed pounds of rubble and dust as emergency sirens blared in the background. Onlookers said they were drawn to the noises they heard coming from the apartment before it fell.

This video may disturb some viewers. Discretion of viewers recommended.

Search teams roaming the ruins found the remains of six people, including two children, bringing the confirmed death toll to 18 as of Thursday morning. 145 other people are missing and fear they will be trapped in the rubble.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation. A 2018 engineering report found that the pool deck on the building’s ground floor sat on a concrete slab that showed “major structural damage” and needed major repairs. The report also found “extensive cracking” of concrete columns, beams and walls in the parking garage.

Another video taken by the same viewer shows the building still standing but with damage to the basement level a few minutes before the collapse.

This video may disturb some viewers. Discretion of viewers recommended.

The town of Surfside has a population of just over 5,000. The neighborhood is a mix of new and old apartments, houses, condominiums, and hotels, with restaurants and shops serving an international mix of residents and tourists. The community offers a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle and glitz of South Beach with a slower neighborhood feel.

President Joe Biden is due to meet with rescue teams and relatives of those missing on Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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