One dead, nine taken to hospital as Florida building collapse rescue continues

Jeff Weinsier  WPLG The residential building partially collapsed early Thursday

Footage of firefighters pulling one boy from the rubble alive was aired by NBC 6 South Florida.

It was unclear how many people lived in the building or who had been inside at the time.

Miami Beach Police Department said its officers were "assisting the Town of Surfside at a partial building collapse".

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, about 8 miles northwest of Surfside, has received three patients from the scene so far.

A multi-story building partially collapsed in Florida's Miami-Dade County early Thursday morning, authorities said. "Look at the building, it's gone".

The 12-story building was built in 1981 and has more than 130 units, records showed.

In a separate news release, it said more than 80 rescue units were at the location, including Technical Rescue Teams, along with assistance from municipal fire departments. Marian Cruz of the Surfside Police Department. He said his wife and the elderly woman were both rescued.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava took to Twitter to express her gratitude for the first responders on scene of "this horrific tragedy".

"The building, one of these huge buildings, gone, right there beside us, the craziest thing I've ever heard in my life", the man said in the video.

The reason for the collapse is unknown.

"Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting", the force added.

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