An apartment building in Miami, Florida, partially collapsed at dawn Thursday, authorities said, prompting a massive search and rescue effort.
Miami-Dade Rescue Fire Advertise on Twitter That more than 80 units, including technical rescue teams, were in a position near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.
The 12-story apartment tower in Surfside, part of the Champlain Towers, is an oceanfront condo built in 1981 and has more than 100 units, according to the Miami Herald.
Authorities have yet to announce casualties or details of the number of people living in the building.
Police closed off nearby roads, and dozens of fire and rescue vehicles, ambulances and police cars congregated in the area.
“We’re at the scene so it’s still very active,” the sergeant said. Marian Cruz of Miami Dade Fire Rescue. “What I can say is that the building is 12 stories high. The entire back side of the building has collapsed.”
Pictures 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 administration has not yet determined the cause of the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.
NBC 6 in South Florida tweeted an image of firefighters dragging a boy from under the rubble of the building. Firefighters were also seen using ladder carts to rescue people from tall buildings.
No other information was immediately identified.
Contributing: The Associated Press.