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UPDATE: Many feared dead after Florida beachfront condo collapses

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SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say nearly 100 people are still unaccounted for after part of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed in a town outside Miami.

The collapse in the community of Surfside killed at least one person and trapped others in rubble and twisted metal.

Rescuers pulled dozens of survivors from the tower Thursday morning and continued to look for more.

Officials did not know how many people were in the tower when it fell around 1:30 a.m.

The mayor says two people were brought to the hospital and one died. It's not clear what caused the structure to fail.

By WILFREDO LEE, TERRY SPENCER and DAVID FISCHER
Associated Press


SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — A wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building has collapsed in a town outside Miami, killing at least one person while trapping residents in rubble and twisted metal.

Scores of rescuers pulled survivors from the debris Thursday as a cloud of dust floated through the neighborhood.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett warned during a news conference that the building manager told him the tower was quite full and the death toll was likely to rise.

A fire official said rescuers have pulled 35 people from the building and were continuing to look for more. Burkett said two were brought to the hospital, one of whom died.

Authorities didn't say what may have caused the collapse.

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