Collapsed Florida apartment building demolished
Surfside, Fla. (AP)-Demolition crews have detonated explosives to demolish the damaged remaining parts of the collapsed South Florida apartment. This is a key step in recovering the search for victims, as rescuers may enter the rubble New area.
The staff will begin to clean up some new debris so that rescuers can begin to enter the particularly interesting part of the underground garage. Miami-Dade assistant fire chief Raide Jadallah said that once there, rescuers hope they will be able to enter part of the garage area of ??interest for the first time. This can provide a clearer understanding of the possible voids in the rubble and the possibility of hiding survivors.
Miami-Dade County officials said Sunday night that the unstable, still standing part of a collapsed apartment building in South Florida contained explosives and was ready to be demolished overnight. This work has suspended search and rescue missions, but officials said it will open up new areas of exploration for rescue teams.
County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (Daniella Levine Cava) said that rescuers will wait for “all removal” after the demolition, and then immediately dive into the task of finding survivors buried under the rubble. Officials have previously stated that the search can be resumed within 15 minutes to an hour after the explosion.
“We are on standby. Whenever we are, we are ready,” Levin Kava said at a press conference on Sunday night.
Since Saturday afternoon, searches have been suspended to allow workers to drill holes for explosives. Raide Jadallah, Assistant Fire Chief, Miami-Dade Earlier it was said that as many as 210 rescuers Once the location is declared safe after the explosion, the search will be restarted.
Levin Kava said on Sunday that the demolition of the building is a top priority.
She said at the press conference: “The controlled demolition of this building is essential to expand the scope of our search and rescue work.”
Officials evacuated residents around the site before demolition and warned others to stay indoors and close doors, windows and any other openings that might allow dust to enter.
So far, rescuers have The remains of 24 people were found, 121 is still missing. Since the first hour after the collapse on June 24, no one has been rescued, but although the chances of finding survivors are dwindling, officials have promised to continue searching.??
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told CBS’s Face the Nation, “No one is responsible for really talking about stopping this rescue effort.” “It’s just me. It is said that this rescue work will continue until everyone is pulled out of the rubble.”
There is growing concern that the damaged Champlain Tann Building in Surfside is at risk of falling on its own, endangering the staff below and preventing them from working in certain areas. The approach of Tropical Storm Elsa has increased the urgency of the demolition project. The latest forecast has moved the storm to the west, mainly because South Florida has not been affected, but meteorologists said that starting Monday, the area may still be affected.
Jadallah said that during the drilling work before the demolition, it was necessary to suspend the search work as this could lead to structural failure. Jadallah said that once the structure disappears and its remnants are removed, rescuers should be able to enter part of the garage area of ??interest for the first time. This can provide a clearer understanding of the possible voids in the rubble and the possibility of hiding survivors.
State officials said they hired BG Group, a general contractor based in Delray, Florida, to lead the demolition work. It is not clear how the company was selected, but the project contract requires the state government to pay the company $935,000.
A spokesperson for the state’s emergency management department said that the company is subcontracting with Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc., which experts say is one of the few companies in the United States that uses explosives to demolish buildings. According to the work contract, the company should place explosives in the basement and hall levels of the structure that is still standing.
Jadallah said the purpose of the explosion was to move the rest of the building directly down and towards the side of the street, away from the existing pile of debris.
The method of blasting is called “high-energy logging”, which uses a small detonating device and relies on gravity. It is expected that the building will be put in place, and the collapse will be controlled in the surrounding environment.
A spokesperson for the state’s emergency management department said that BG Group has signed a subcontract with Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. Experts say the company is one of the few companies in the United States that uses explosives to demolish buildings.