Huge emergency operation underway after partial collapse of building near Miami – .

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Huge emergency operation underway after partial collapse of building near Miami – .


More than 80 fire and rescue units were at the scene of a partial building collapse near Miami, the Miami-Dade Fire Department said in a tweet early Thursday.
While there were no immediate confirmed reports of deaths or injuries, an image posted to the Miami Beach Police’s Twitter account showed a tangle of rubble with debris overflowing from what remained of the building’s balconies in darkness.

“We’re on the scene so it’s still very active,” said Sgt. Marian Cruz from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. “What I can tell you is that the building has twelve floors. The entire back of the building collapsed. “

Photos and videos from the scene show that the collapse affected half of the tower. Piles of rubble and debris surrounded the area just outside the building. The department has yet to say what may have caused the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue in Surfside.

Rescue personnel are working near where part of the residential tower collapsed to the ground. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

It was not immediately clear how many people were injured as search and rescue efforts continued with rescue teams from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. (Marco Bello / Reuters)

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