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A fire is hampering Florida officials’ rescue efforts to find survivors in what is left of the Champlain Towers in Miami.
The flames are deep, and firefighters have not been able to locate the source of the fire, said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava during a press conference Saturday.
“We’re facing very incredible difficulties with this fire,” she said. “It’s a very deep fire. It’s extremely difficult to locate the source of the fire.”
Two days after the building collapsed, 159 people have been unaccounted for, Cava said. Four people have been found dead.
The building had “major structural damage,” an engineering consultant found in 2018, though the report did not specifically say that what he saw could bring the building down.
The “major structural damage” was in the concrete slabs below the pool deck, and there was “abundant” cracking in the columns, beams, and walls of the parking garage, which was under the 13-story building, Frank Morabito’s report found.
Champlain Towers South was built in 1981 and developed by Champlain Towers South Associates. The project started in 1979 after the developers paid the town of Surfside $200,000 to cover half the cost for another sewer system after the previous one degraded.
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Original Author: Mike Brest