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After Champlain Towers South collapse, some residents evacuate Champlain East and North

Mayor: ‘I can’t tell people that it’s a safe building given what we’ve seen happen here’

After Champlain Towers South collapse, some residents of Champlain East and North
After Champlain Towers South collapse, some residents of Champlain East and North

SURFSIDE, Fla. – Other residents of Miami-Dade County’s town of Surfside fear tragedy could hit again. Champlain Towers is a three-building oceanfront development.

After the partial collapse of Champlain Towers South, at 8777 Collins Ave., on Thursday several residents of the Champlain Towers North, at 8877 Collins Ave., and Champlain Towers East, at 8855 Collins Ave., decided to evacuate.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he has received several complaints and requests for inspections and mandatory evacuations. Champlain Towers South and Champlain Towers North were both built in 1981. Champlain Towers East was built in 1994.

Twin sister building to collapsed Champlain Towers South coming under scrutiny from residents and officials
Twin sister building to collapsed Champlain Towers South coming under scrutiny from residents and officials

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said there will be an effort to inspect oceanside buildigns on Collins Avenue that are 40 years old or older.

“My concern stems from people asking me, ‘Is my building safe?’” Burkett said. “Generally, I would say of course your building is safe. We all assume buildings are safe. Buildings in America don’t fall down, that’s a third-world phenomenon, not a first-world phenomenon.”

Surfside commissioners discussed the issue on Thursday night during an emergency meeting.

“Given that the sister building is called Champlain Towers, given that the building was apparently built by the same developer, given that the building was probably built with the same plans and the same materials, I can’t tell people that it’s a safe building,” Burkett said.

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Surfside Mayor concerned over collapsed condo's identical sister building
Surfside Mayor concerned over collapsed condo's identical sister building

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About the Authors:

Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.