May 23, 2024


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Before-and-after images of the Florida condo collapse show the severity of the disaster

Before and after images of the Champlain Tower in Florida that unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday morning.

Before and after images of the Champlain Tower in Florida that unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday morning. Google Street View and Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Part of the Champlain Tower South condominium in Surfside, Florida collapsed early Thursday morning.

  • Previous real estate listings of the building reveal the scope of the complex before the collapse.

  • Authorities said 51 people remain unaccounted for and at least 1 person has died.

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A 12-story Florida condo building unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday morning, killing at least one person dead as over 80 rescue units from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are on the scene looking for survivors.

The collapse happened at Champlain Towers South, located at 8777 Collins Ave. in Surfside, Florida.

The building is located just one block away from the home of former President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and about 20 blocks away from “Millionaire’s Row.”

Previous listings of the condominium show what the interior and exterior of the building looked like before roughly half of the building’s 136 units were destroyed. Condos in the complex were recently on sale for around $400,00-$500,000, and a listing shows that a penthouse unit was sold just last month for $2.9 million.

A realtor also posted a YouTube video showing the condo’s interior in June 2020:

Photographers on the scene Thursday morning documented the devastation of the condo as beds, air conditioning units, tables, and more dangled from the building’s torn edge.

Interior shot of the destruction of the Champlain condo in Florida.

Rubble hangs from a partially collapsed building in Surfside north of Miami Beach, on June 24, 2021. – The multi-story apartment block in Florida partially collapsed early June 24, sparking a major emergency response. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the building “pancaked,” making it difficult for rescue teams to locate survivors. At least 35 people have been rescued as of Thursday morning, some found solely from the sounds of their screams beneath the rubble.

“It’s heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean, to me, that we’re going to be successful, as successful as we want to be, to find people alive,” Burkett said.

The rubble of the Champlain Towers South building in Florida

The Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday morning. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Champlain Tower South was built in 1981 out of reinforced concrete. It’s unclear if the building had any structure or code regulation violations before it collapsed.

Champlain tower destruction in surfside florida

Search and rescue personnel work in the rubble of the 12-story condo tower that crumbled to the ground during a partially collapse of the building on June 24, 2021 in Surfside, Florida Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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