By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Demolition workers said they want to bring down the remainder of a collapsed condo building north of Miami as the death toll rose to 24.
The decision came ahead of an approaching storm adding to worries that the damaged structure could come down on its own, officials said Saturday.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava stressed two more bodies were found in the rubble, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 24.
The number of people who remain unaccounted for in the collapse was 124. The 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South residential building collapsed early June 24 in the town of Surfside in Florida.
Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told family members during a morning briefing that the building would be brought down “as soon as possible. First thing tomorrow.”
But he cautioned that there “may be some hiccups.”
Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters it was crucial to bring the structure down in a controlled manner ahead of the arrival of the storm.
“We have a building here in Surfside that is tottering; it is structurally unsound,” the governor said. “If the building is taken down, this will protect our search and rescue teams.”
He also declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s expected arrival early next week.
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