The apartment building partially collapsed in Miami, Florida early Thursday, sparking massive search and rescue efforts, authorities said.
Rescue fire in Miami-Dade he said on Twitter that more than 80 units, including technical rescue teams, were on the ground. A two-story apartment tower in the town of Surfside, part of Champlain Towers, the oceanfront apartment was built in 1981 with more than 100 units, according to the Miami Herald.
Authorities have not yet had words about the victims or details about how many people live in the building.
Police blocked nearby roads, and dozens of fire and rescue vehicles, ambulances and police cars gathered in the area.
“We are still very active on the scene,” the sergeant said. Marian Cruz of the Miami Fire Department. “What I can tell you is that the building is on 12 floors. The entire back of the building collapsed. “
Photos and video from the scene show that the collapse hit half of the tower. Piles of rubble and debris surrounded the area just outside the building. The department has not yet said what could have caused the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.
NBC 6 in South Florida posted on Twitter a photo of firefighters pulling a boy out of the rubble of a building. Firefighters have also been seen using ladder trucks to rescue people from a tall building.
No other information was immediately known.
Contribution: Associated Press.