911 records reveal panic and disbelief over Florida building collapse
Emergency call recordings after a Florida oceanfront apartment building collapsed in the middle of the night revealed disbelief, panic and confusion as people tried to figure out the disaster .
“Oh my God! The whole building collapsed!” Said a caller to a dispatcher with the Miami-Dade Police Department, who released the records of the Champlain Towers South collapse on June 24 on Wednesday. callers were not disclosed.
“We have to get out. Hurry up, hurry up. There is a big explosion, ”said a second caller. “There is a lot of smoke. I see nothing. We have to go. I don’t see anything but smoke.
At least 97 people died in the collapse, and a handful more are still missing. A cause has yet to be identified, although there have been several previous warnings of major structural damage to the 40-year-old building at Surfside.
One person who called 911, a woman, said she saw what appeared to be a large depression near the pool, which presented concrete issues investigators are looking into as they attempt to identify a cause.
“I woke up because I heard noise. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, ”the caller said. “I looked outside and saw the patio collapse. The pool started to collapse.
“There are a lot of parts of the building that have collapsed. The building has just entered a pit. There will be many, many deaths. “
Another person who called said they were stuck near the building parking lot and needed help. Part of the condo remained standing after the collapse, but was later dismantled by a demolition crew.
“Can someone help me out, please?” If the building collapses, it will fall on my head, ”said the appellant.
The release of the appeals came as a judge approved the sale of the beachfront property with the proceeds going to victims of the deadly disaster.
In a hearing, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman ordered the process to begin selling the Champlain Towers South site, which could fetch up to $ 110 million (£ 79.38 million sterling) according to court records.
The court-appointed receiver responsible for the finances of the building, attorney Michael Goldberg, said the judge wanted the sale to proceed quickly.
Mr Goldberg said the decision did not necessarily prevent a buyer from turning at least part of the site into a memorial, as some people have advocated. Other survivors want the structure to be rebuilt so that they can return to it.
Mr Hanzman’s decision came as part of a series of lawsuits filed in the wake of the collapse. The judge accelerated the prosecution and authorized Mr. Goldberg to begin paying the Champlain Tours insurance money to victims and families.