A building partially collapsed Thursday morning on Collins Avenue in Surfside, near Miami, Florida, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department said. It has sent 80 units to respond.
Photos and videos show part of the building reduced to rubbles, with fire crews working at the site.
Journalist Joel Franco, who is at the scene of the collapse, tweeted that some people have been rescued from the building.
According to police, the incident took place at 8777 Collins Avenue, where Champlain Towers South, a 12-floor residential complex, is located.
“On one of these huge buildings – gone, right here beside us,” a man said in a video posted on social media. He said he was staying in a hotel next to the collapsed structure. “This is the most insane thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The apartment complex was built in 1981 and has more than 130 units, WTVJ TV reported, citing records.
Local media reported that the incident took place around 2am local time. It is not known how many people were in the building, and there were no immediate reports of casualties.