An explosion at Miami Beach yesterday resulted in six injuries, including one victim with severe burns. Investigators worked in the late hours of the night to determine the cause of the explosion, although no suspicions of foul play were reported.
The incident occurred in a condominium from the top floor of the 33-story high-rise located in Sunny Isles Beach. One passerby called 911 to report huge chunks of concrete falling from the top floor. The debris fell on patrons from a nearby hotel, as well as beachgoers who had the misfortune of being in the area at the time.
A helicopter quickly arrived on the scene to immediately transport two people in critical condition to Jackson Memorial Hospital and Aventura Hospital respectively. Their current state and exact nature of their injuries have not been made public to the press as of this point. Original reports estimated that 34 people were left wounded by the incident, but investigators on the scene later determined that only six people had been injured.
Cleo Flemming was working inside the building on the 32nd floor at the time of the explosion. He reported hearing two consecutive blasts which severely damaged one elevator’s cable lines, causing it to drop all the way down. This made the job of the firefighters even more difficult and perilous, as they had to climb 34 flights of stairs in full gear in order to reach the blast site.
They also had to rescue two people who were stuck in a second elevator who were fortunately brought to safety unharmed. With regards to the aftermath of the explosion and its effect on the structure and safety of the building, spokesperson for the Fire Department Michelle Fayed confirmed the use of their special
“urban search and rescue team to help stabilize the two pieces of concrete that are still substantially dangling from the building.”
The cause of the explosion is suspected to be a gas leak in a condominium at the top floor. Authorities have promised to thoroughly investigate the incident, although they have suggested there is no evidence, so far, of foul play or malevolent intent.
All residents have been evacuated and are currently staying at a nearby hotel. Authorities will continue their investigations and take all proper measures to ensure the safety and stability of the building. They hope to allow full occupancy by the end of the weekend.
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