Remaining structure at Surfside building collapse site will be demolished
The standing structure at the Champlain Towers South collapse site will be demolished in the coming days.
When speaking during Saturday morning’s media conference, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said new information from an expert in demolition allowed officials to determine the building could be brought down sooner than initially anticipated.
Levine Cava said she signed an order to bring down the building on Friday.
“We decided yesterday to proceed with the demolition,” she said. “As to who would conduct the demolition, a new possibility arose, and that person is evaluating the scene right now.”
Officials are hopeful the remaining structure can be brought down in the next 36 hours, ahead of the potential impact of Tropical Storm Elsa.
“Engineers are on site, they are still conducting their due diligence, so we do not have an exact timeframe at this time,” Levine Cava said.
The company being used to bring the building down is CDI Controlled Demolition Inc.
Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said charges would be used in the controlled demolition.
“This proposed demolition is a very narrow footprint, so we’re not looking at major impacts to the area, or additional evacuations,” Levine Cava said.
The state will cover the cost of the demolition.
“At the end of the day, that building is too unsafe to let people go back in,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “I know there were people who were fortunately able to get out who have things there. We are sensitive to that, but I don’t think there’s any way you can let somebody in that building given the shape that it is in.”
During Saturday’s press conference, Levine Cava said two bodies were pulled from the rubble overnight.
There have been 24 deaths attributed to the collapse while 124 people remain unaccounted for, as search efforts were temporarily hindered due to concerns with the remaining structure.
“The numbers are fluid and will continue to change,” the mayor said.
A Change.org petition has been created to urge officials to stop demolition plans until they are sure that all animals have been rescued from the standing building, however the mayor says search and rescue teams conducted three separate searches of the building and found no animals.
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