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Apartment building roof collapses in Northwest Miami-Dade, no injuries reported, police say

Road closures in place and police are advising drivers to avoid the area

The roof came off of a three-story apartment building in Northwest Miami Dade Thursday. Police report that no one was injured, but the building was evacuated.
The roof came off of a three-story apartment building in Northwest Miami Dade Thursday. Police report that no one was injured, but the building was evacuated. (WPLG)

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Police and fire rescue remain on the scene of a three-story apartment building where the roof collapsed after 4 p.m. on Thursday.

According to Miami Dade Police Department, there were no injuries, however, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue evacuated people from the building.

“Today at around 4 p.m. Miami Dade Fire Rescue responded to reports of a partial roof collapse of a three-story apartment building,” said Erika Benitez, director of media and public relations at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. “When fire crews arrived, they found a partial collapse on the right side of the building. Crews immediately started searching the building in order to evacuate occupants and to gain access to the roof area in order to assess any structural damage of the building.”

Benitez said it was determined that the damage only affected the exterior facade of the structure.

More than 40 MDFR units responded including hazmat and technical rescue units, Benitez said.

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From Sky 10, the roof of the building, located at 17400 Northwest 68th Ave., could be seen on the ground.

Miami-Dade Police Department told Local 10 News that there are road closures and drivers should avoid the area.

Road closures are as follows:

  • NW 179 Street/68 Avenue (southbound)
  • NW 173 Street/68 Avenue
  • NW 175 Street/67 Avenue

At this time, it is not known what caused the roof to come off the building.

(This is a developing story. Local 10 News has a crew on its way to the scene. Stay tuned to Local 10 News and Local10.com for updates.)


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Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.