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Deadly building collapse just a block from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner home

Story at a glance:

  • One person has died.
  • At least nine people were taken to the hospital.
  • Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have a home a block away from the disaster.  

One person has died and nine were taken to the hospital after a Florida condo building collapsed early Thursday morning. So far, 35 people have been pulled out of the destruction. 

The Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Fla., crumbled at 1 a.m., leaving half of the building completely collapsed and many displaced, Business Insider reported.

The condo complex is one block from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s Miami home.


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Officials say that it is more difficult to rescue people from the rubble because of the way the building collapsed. Crews were able to rescue a 10-year-old boy in the early morning, as well as a young person who was pulled from the building’s crumbled balcony, according to Business Insider. 

However, as of 5:30 a.m., it is not certain if more people are trapped, and officials fear the death count could be higher, ABC News reports

“The building has literally pancaked,” Mayor Charles W. Burkett said during a morning press conference, according to ABC News. “It’s heartbreaking because it doesn’t seem to me … that we will find people alive.”

The 12-story building with 136 units was 40-years-old and in the process of being inspected, but that process was never completed, NBC reported.

It is still unclear why the building collapsed. 

Two and three-bedroom units in the condo building range in price from $590,000 to $915,000, according to Business insider. 


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