Miami Beach apartment collapse live – Mass casualties feared after 12-story building falls & 'witnesses hear screams'

MASS casualties are feared after a 12-story apartment block partially collapsed near Miami beach.

Witnesses reportedly heard screams from the rubble as around 80 emergency crews responded to the incident in Surfside around 2am on Thursday.

Footage shows a large section of the apartment building, called Champlain Towers South, that had collapsed into a pile of rubble near Collins Avenue on 88th Street, NBC Miami reports.

People are presumed to be in the rubble but the exact number remains unknown.

It's reported that Miami Dade authorities have declared a "Level 5" mass casualty event meaning statewide emergency resources are required.

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    IN PICTURES: EMERGENCY CREWS RESCUE RESIDENTS FOLLOWING PARTIAL BUILDING COLLAPSE

    CREDIT: Reuters
    CREDIT: Reuters
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    TRAFFIC DIVERTED IN THE SURROUNDING AREA

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    'LIKE A TORNADO'

    One witness told Fox that the collapse felt like a "tornado or earthquake".

    He said: "It was the craziest thing I ever heard in my life."

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    MIAMI DADE AUTHORITIES DECLARE "LEVEL 5" MASS CASUALTY EVENT

    It's reported that Miami Dade authorities have declared a "Level 5" mass casualty event meaning statewide emergency resources are required.

    One person is currently believed to have died and at least nine more people are in hospital.

    The cause of the accident remains unknown and it's unclear if the portion of the apartment that collapsed was fully occupied.

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    WITNESS RECORDS AFTERMATH OF BUILDING COLLAPSE

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    NEIGHBOURING BUILDINGS EVACUATED

    Actor Jamal Akakpo, who witnessed the collapse of the building, said he had been evacuated from the hotel next door and is now watching the coverage on the local news.

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    BUILDING REDUCED TO RUBBLE

    Miami Police have released this handout picture of the devastation wrecked by the collapse of the building.

    CREDIT: Miami Beach Police/EPA
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    AT LEAST ONE DEAD, NINE IN HOSPITAL

    Mass casualties are feared after a 12-story apartment block partially collapsed near Miami beach.

    Witnesses reportedly heard screams from the rubble as around 80 emergency crews responded to the incident in Surfside around 2am on Thursday.

    Footage shows a large section of the apartment building, called Champlain Towers South, that had collapsed into a pile of rubble near Collins Avenue on 88th Street, NBC Miami reports.

    People are presumed to be in the rubble but the exact number remains unknown.

    At least one person is thought to have been killed with nine hospitalized, according to local media reports.

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