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SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) – Miami-Dade Mayoress Daniella Levine Cava said two more bodies were found Saturday in the rubble of a collapsed condo, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to 24 in a collapse of 124.
Meanwhile, a senior Miami-Dade fire officer told family members of people missing in the rubble that demolition workers were planning to demolish the rest of the building on Sunday.
Over the past week, fears have increased that the damaged structure could collapse on its own, endangering the crews underneath and making it harder to find victims.
Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told family members during a morning briefing that the building would be demolished “as soon as possible.” First thing tomorrow. “
But he warned that “there may be some hiccups”. A follow-up meeting will be held in the afternoon to finalize the details of the demolition, which could be a precarious operation as experts enter the building to drill into the building to install explosives.
Concerns that the still-standing portion could collapse have limited search in areas near that section, and shifts detected by monitors early Thursday resulted in a 15-hour suspension of the entire search until engineers discovered the location was back was sure.
Jadallah said the remains of the demolished building would be removed immediately to give rescuers for the first time access to parts of the garage area that is the focus of the search. Such access could give officers a clearer picture of the voids that exist in the rubble that could potentially house survivors.
No one has been rescued since the first hours after the collapse on June 24th. The approach of Hurricane Elsa from the Caribbean Sea also raises concerns that high winds, possible late Sunday or early Monday in South Florida, could further destabilize the standing portion of the towers.
The confirmed death toll from the condominium building collapse on June 24 was 22 as of early Saturday. Officials reduced the number of missing persons from 145 to 126 after duplicate names were removed and some residents reported as missing showed up safely.
Demolishing the building would temporarily halt searches, but officials do not hope for long. Some families have asked to return to the building for personal items, but are not allowed to.
During a press conference on Saturday, Governor Ron DeSantis underlined the need to dismantle the structure in a controlled manner before the storm hit.
“We have a building here in Surfside that wobbles, it is structurally incorrect,” said the governor. “If the building is demolished, it will protect our search and rescue teams.”
He also declared the state of emergency ahead of the storm’s expected arrival early next week.
Associate press reporters Bobby Caina Calvan in Tallahassee, Florida, Terry Spencer in Surfside, Florida, Mike Schneider in Orlando, Florida, and Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia contributed to this report.