A desperate search for survivors extended into the evening hours on Thursday after a condominium collapsed in Surfside, Fla., killing at least one person with more fatalities expected. Ninety-nine people were unaccounted for at the end of the day Thursday as family members awaited news at a reunification center nearby.
“This process is slow and methodical,” Ray Jadallah, assistant fire chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. “Anytime we started breaching parts of the structure, we get rubble falling on us.”
Here is what photographers at the site of the collapse saw.
Viviana Pena held a photo of her missing aunt as she spoke with reporters outside the Surfside Community Center.
A dog working with rescue workers in the rubble.
Firefighters conducted search-and-rescue operations on Thursday.
A large section of the residential building collapsed.
Raied Jadallah, assistant fire chief of Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue, spoke at a news conference on Thursday.
People gathered at the Surfside Community Center, which served as a reunification center for victims and families on Thursday.
People entering the Surfside Community Center.
Bystanders watched the search-and-rescue efforts from the beach.