Miami-Dade Mayor: Fire At Rescue Site Hampering Search Efforts

Miami-Dade Mayor: Fire At Rescue Site Hampering Search Efforts

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3 hr 55 min agoMiami-Dade mayor says the fire at rescue site is hampering search efforts Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. CNNMiami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that rescue crews are continuing to face “incredible difficulties” due to an ongoing fire under the rubble.

“It’s a very deep fire. It’s extremely difficult to locate the source of the fire. So, they’ve been working around the clock, these fire rescue teams, these brave men and women, under the rubble to fix this problem so they can get on, but it is hampering our search efforts,” Cava said during a news conference. Cava detailed that the smoke from the fire “spread laterally throughout the pile” making it difficult to isolate the source and stop it.

The mayor also noted that rescue teams have created a trench to try and isolate the fire and continue to search for victims.

“We’re using everything possible to address this fire. We are using infrared technology. We’re using foam. We’re using water. All the tactics that we can to contain the fire and minimize the smoke spread,” Cava said.

Cava added: “Obviously, the smoke itself is the biggest barrier right now to proceeding in those areas. So, we created a trench using heavy equipment to try to isolate the fire and continue searching for victims in the part of the pile that we can access. No further victims have been found.”

4 hr 11 min agoNo other victims have been found following the condo collapse, Miami-Dade mayor saysMiami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. Source: CNNMiami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said no other victims have been found in the rubble following the partial building collapse in Surfside, she said this morning during a news conference.

“No further victims have been found, as you’ve heard. The numbers are the same as they were yesterday; 127 have been accounted for,” Cava said. “One hundred and fifty-nine unaccounted for. Four confirmed dead.”Cava added: “To the community and the world, please be patient. Please stand with us. Please continue your prayers. We are not going to stop. We need your support.”

4 hr 39 min agoRoof repair permit issued for Champlain Towers day before partial collapseFrom CNN’s Casey Tolan

The town of Surfside issued a permit for roof repairs on the Champlain Towers South condo building the day before the structure collapsed, documents released Friday night show.

On June 23, the town issued a permit to “install roof safety anchors and provide stucco repairs” to a South Florida concrete company. The work included removing “the existing roof down to concrete deck” and replacing it, the permit said. 

The building fell the next day, in the early morning hours of June 24.

The company that was set to perform the work, Concrete Protection and Restoration LLC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday. 

The town issued two other permits for work at the building last month, for electrical repair and “roof repair.” It’s unclear whether work had begun on those permits before the collapse. Both contractors declined to comment to CNN. 

Another document produced as part of the 2018 structural engineer’s report also noted that small portions of the building were “showing distress.” The report, conducted by engineer Frank Morabito for the building’s condo association, noted that about “2% of exterior columns have experienced concrete spalling” and about “5% of the balcony structural floor slabs showed hairline cracking at underside of the slab,” among other examples of cracking.   

It’s unclear whether these issues contributed to the collapse.

The report says the “general alignment” of the structure, as well as the concrete framing, roof membrane, and several other parts of the building, were in good condition. 

Surfside officials noted in the document that the report “was not formally submitted” to town officials by the condo association, but said Morabito provided it to the town after the building collapse.  

4 hr 48 min agoSOON: Florida governor expected to speak at Surfside news conferenceFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to speak at this news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.

5 hr 31 min agoSurfside mayor on 2018 structural report: Unclear what steps were taken to “address those cracks”From CNN’s Melissa Alonso 

Members of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue team look for possible survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on June 25 in Surfside, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesSurfside Mayor Charles Burkett told CNN that he has not seen the 2018 structural field survey report, which raised concerns about structural damage to the Champlain Towers’ South, but said it’s “unclear right now exactly what was going on in that building.” 

“I can’t speak to that [report] because I haven’t seen that; I’m going to get a copy of that this morning and take a look at it so I can give out accurate information regarding that,” Burkett told CNN. “I understand from our building official, that it was in the form of the 2018 email that came from an engineer regarding those cracks.”

Burkett said it’s still “unclear what steps the building was taking to address those cracks” mentioned in the report. 

According to the mayor, “the 40-year report had not been submitted yet.” 

“We had indications that it was on the way because it needed to be submitted within this year,” said Burkett. 

The report indicated that the engineer found no sign of immediate danger, CNN reported. 

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