New York Daily News: June 25, 2021 – First responders and rescue crews racing to uncover any hint of life among the debris of a partially collapsed condo tower in Florida have pulled another three bodies from the wreckage, officials said.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed just before 7:45am the number of people killed when the walls of Champlain Towers South gave way Thursday morning had climbed to four. About 55 of the 136 units were affected when the building collapsed 1:30am, leaving huge piles of rubble on the ground as well as wires and furniture dangling from what remained of the structure.
Dozens of others remained unaccounted in wake of the tragedy early Friday morning, despite crews working through the night, with no break.
State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who also serves as the state fire marshal told CNN, the rescue mission would continue with teams from Naples and Orlando coming to relieve the Miami-Dade responders, who have been combing through the rubble for more than 24 hours straight. He added that rescue teams were using all means necessary to reach any potential survivors, adding that they spent the night sawing through concrete and scouring the rubble with sonar and specially trained dogs.