Rescue operation underway after building collapses in Florida – follow live

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Emergency services are responding to a “partial building collapse” in Miami Beach, Florida.

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue service tweeted that they are on the scene at the apartment block, believed to be named Champlain Towers South, near 88 Street & Collins Avenue.

More than 80 rescue units have responded to the incident, including Technical Rescue Teams and municipal fire departments.

Multiple casualties are feared but none are as yet confirmed. It is unclear what caused the collapse and whether anybody remains trapped in the rubble.

Breaking updates as they come.

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Traffic diverted away from scene

Vehicles are being kept clear of the collapse, the fire department say.

Joanna Taylor24 June 2021 10:01
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Watch: Rubble surrounds partially collapsed building

Footage taken at the scene shows the extent of the rubble generated by the collapse.

Joanna Taylor24 June 2021 09:59
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Watch: Social media users share footage of rubble

Miami locals are sharing photos and videos of the collapse to social media.

Jamal Akakpo says he was staying in a hotel next to the building and was asked to evacuate to a nearby recreational centre.

His footage shows emergency crews surrounding the rubble.

Joanna Taylor24 June 2021 09:56
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Media staging area set up

Reporters have been positioned in a field near the scene, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue service say.

Joanna Taylor24 June 2021 09:38
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More than 80 fire units are on the scene

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue service is on the scene of the “partial building collapse” near 88 Street & Collins Avenue.

Joanna Taylor24 June 2021 09:35

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