UPDATE: Emergency crews search for survivors of apartment collapse

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UPDATE: 5:23 A.M.: Miami Dade Fire Rescue is conducting search and rescue. Authorities had no word yet on casualties, or details of how many people lived in the building.

“We’re on the scene so it’s still very active,” said Sgt. Marian Cruz of Miami Dade Fire Rescue. “What I can tell you is the building is twelve floors. The entire back side of the building has collapsed.”

Photos and video from the scene show that the collapse affected half the tower. Piles of rubble and debris surrounded the area just outside the building.

Police blocked nearby roads, and scores of fire and rescue vehicles, ambulances and police cars swarmed the area.

The department has yet to say what may have caused the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue.

MIAMI, FL (WOWK) — Multiple people are feared dead after the collapse of an apartment building in Miami Beach.

According to a tweet early Thursday from Miami Dade Fire Rescue, a partial building collapse in Miami caused a massive response from the department.

The tweet said, “Over 80 MDFR units including #TRT (Technical Rescue Teams) are on scene with assistance from municipal fire departments.”

The department has not yet said what may have caused the collapse near 88th Street and Collins Avenue. There were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties.

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