SEVERE WX : Flash Flood Watch View Alerts

Miami building collapses unexpectedly

A 12-story building collapsed in Miami Beach before its scheduled demolition date.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 12:28 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 12:48 PM

Miami Beach police are investigating the collapse of a 12-story building on Monday during a demolition that left one person injured, a spokesman said.

Samuel Landis, 46, was in critical condition at a hospital, police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said. Witnesses told CNN affiliate WPLG that the man was hit by a projectile from the building's collapse.

Police said he was outside the building; video taken by an eyewitness shows an individual receiving CPR minutes after the collapse.

Rodriguez said the search and rescue efforts have ended and the department is now leading a criminal investigation.

Inspectors confirmed that the adjacent buildings are safe.

Albert Cabada, who owns the restoration company GC Construction, was working on the building next door and filmed the collapse. Cabada told CNN that the building was slated to be demolished in sections this week, but instead it collapsed completely.

"As far as I could tell they were scrambling before the collapse to close the streets," he said.

Cabada said that demolition workers removed large sections of structural load-bearing walls on the front of the building, a decision that caused Cabada to notify management at the site that the demolition prep concerned him.

"It was poorly planned, in my opinion," he added.

Now the building his company is working on is completely encased in dust, which he worries could be hazardous.

The building that collapsed at 5775 Collins Ave. was the 12-story Marlborough House, which was approved to be demolished to make way for new condos, according to the property developer Multiplan Real Estate Asset Management.

The company plans to build a "boutique oceanfront enclave" on the site, according to the company's website. The new development will feature up to 87 high-end residences and will include a beach-facing pool, lounge and social area, the company said.

Multiplan Real Estate Asset Management did not immediately respond to CNN's requests for comment.

Police said there was a demolition permit on file for the site, but not an implosion permit. Demolition refers to the general process of tearing down a building, while implosion is specific to the use of explosives to quickly bring down a structure.

A black sign amid the rubble, seen in the bottom left of the image below, says, "Watch it come down."

Winmar Construction, the general contractor on the development project, said that a "construction accident" occurred during the permitted demolition, according to a statement from company president Luis Leon.

Leon said Allied Bean Demolition was subcontracted to do the demolition and was responsible for the demolition work. Allied Bean Demolition did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Leon had identified the person injured in the collapse as a project manager from Allied Bean Demolition.

"We continue to monitor his condition and our thoughts and prayers go out to Allied's project manager and his family during this difficult time," Leon said.

"Safety remains the top priority for Winmar on all of its projects and we adhere to all safety protocols to ensure every precaution is taken. We are working closely with city officials and industry agencies to understand what happened during Allied's demolition of the structure," he added.

Collins Avenue in Miami Beach was closed in both directions near the collapse as police and fire officials responded.

Vicky Echeverri posted video to Instagram of dust filling the air after the building collapsed.

Adam Thompson, who lives at 57th and Collins near the site of the collapse, filmed the pile of rubble in the aftermath.

"The front of the building looked so flimsy the past couple days I was surprised it was able to stand," he said.

Silvina Chinni took photos of the collapse from the beach.

"This building super near me in miami beach just collapsed!!!" Chinni's daughter wrote on Twitter. "Pics my mom took at the beach. Cloud of smoke and sirens everywhere."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 416298

Reported Deaths: 32710
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City22572323541
Suffolk433451997
Nassau433222194
Westchester359981446
Rockland13882674
Orange11093489
Erie8572669
Monroe4768277
Dutchess4520153
Onondaga3485200
Albany2521126
Oneida2087112
Ulster202891
Sullivan148348
Niagara144698
Putnam142863
Broome105464
Schenectady103537
Rensselaer73630
Saratoga73217
Columbia52237
Madison40017
Ontario34934
Warren30033
Orleans29554
Steuben29242
Greene28918
Fulton28324
Genesee2725
St. Lawrence2624
Washington25514
Oswego2463
Wayne2463
Herkimer2414
Chautauqua2329
Tompkins2300
Chenango2116
Tioga18925
Livingston1678
Chemung1633
Cattaraugus1596
Montgomery1574
Cayuga1482
Jefferson1340
Clinton1274
Otsego1125
Wyoming1125
Delaware1034
Cortland920
Seneca863
Allegany741
Schoharie680
Essex550
Yates557
Franklin500
Lewis350
Schuyler220
Hamilton70
Unassigned00
Utica
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Oneonta
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Herkimer
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Thendara
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 72°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Ask EPLC Sweepstakes
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left