U.S. : At least 159 missing after building collapses in South Florida
About 160 people were still unaccounted for and four were confirmed to have died on Friday, a day after a large section of a seaside apartment building collapsed into a pile of rubble, with rescuers combing through concrete and metal in search of the missing.
Scores of firefighters were working overnight to reach any possible survivors both from under and atop the remains of the building. Hopes rested on how quickly crews using rescue dogs and microphones to sift through the wreckage could complete their grim task.
The building was undergoing a 40-year recertification process, Berger said, adding that the board only knew what the engineer’s certification report included in terms of repair work.
There are currently four task force teams working on search and rescue at the site, Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said at a news conference. The task force includes Florida Task Force 1, which consists of firefighters from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department as well as three other task force teams from the state. They are also utilizing members of task force teams from Mexico and Israel.
Officials said they still don’t know exactly how many residents or visitors were in the building when it fell, but they were trying to locate 159 people who were considered unaccounted for and may or may not have been there.