There have been no confirmed reports of deaths or injuries so far. Eyewitness video shows a tangle of rubble with debris spilling down from what was left of the balconies of the building in the darkness.
"MBPD and @MiamiBeachFire are assisting the Town of Surfside at a partial building collapse located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida. Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting," the police said on Twitter.
The reason for the collapse is unknown.