A mom who was involved in the tragic Surfside condo collapse in Miami managed to pull her daughter to security from the rubble, despite coming 4 storeys and sustaining serious injuries.
CBS 4 Miamireported that both Angela Gonzalez and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Devon, were inside the building when it crumbled. The duet fell all the way from the 9th storey to the 5th storey as the building came apart beneath them, leaving Gonzalez with a break-dance pelvis.
After their terrifying agony, they only both taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for therapy.
But sadly Ms. Gonzalez’s husband, Edgar Gonzalez, is among the nearly 160 beings still missing. So far, 4 beings have been confirmed dead following the freak accident.
Lisa Melencial, a friend of the Gonzalez family, told reporters: “Even though it’s a grievous situation. I simply want petitions and really the very best for her and her family.”
The twelve-story complex crumbled at 1:30 am on Thursday, but not much is known about how the building collapsed.
On Thursday at 1:30 a.m ., #MDFR responded to reports of a building downfall at Champlain Towers, a 12 -story, 136 -unit apartment complex located at 8777 Collins Avenue. #SurfsideBuildingCollapse pic.twitter.com/ VmqW2zKO 0z — Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@ MiamiDadeFire) June 24, 2021
One resident who managed to escape the building told the Associated Press that he heard what he thought was lightning before opening his door to rubble. He was later extricated from his apartment by firefighters consuming a cherrypicker.
A rescue mission has is currently underway since the building collapsed, utilizing hunting pups and machine to assist as they try to find as countless people as they can, still persist under the rubble.
#MDFR #FLTF1 conducting research and rescue operations in the rubble of the #SurfsideBuildingCollapse. Heavy machinery is being used in order to carefully lift and move around debris to access search areas. pic.twitter.com/ Ol2Ok6v4a0 — Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@ MiamiDadeFire) June 25, 2021
Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: “6- 8 force cells are on the pile in Surfside actively searching around the clock. They have also now chipped a cut 125 paws into the batch that is 20 paws wide& 40 feet deep& use sonar& cameras to search for survivors.”
There have been reports of announces coming from under the rubble, but most have come from sliding metal and debris.
President Joe Biden has authorized FEMA to assist the response effort while Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency.
“The TV doesn’t do it justice, ” DeSantis said, “It is really, really painful to see the collapse of a big formation like that.”
He later tweeted: “Since minutes after the building collapsed, first responders have worked around the clock to find survivors in Surfside. These are the heroes — @FLCaseyDeSantis and I thank them.”
Senator Marco Rubio said disaster visas were being arranged for individuals living in the building. Writing on Twitter: “An @FEMA retrieval core will be open soon in Surfside to help survivors, victim families& evicted citizens access assistances they are eligible for& responding to any unmet needs by helping them access assistance being offered by charitable organizations.”
“Many are starting to or have already arrived in South Florida, ” he followed up in a tweet.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to those affected by this terrible accident.
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