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After Surfside Condo Collapse, an 'Abhorrent' Alleged Crime

3 are charged with stealing the identities of 7 victims following shopping sprees

(Newser) - Two women and a man allegedly stole the identities of seven victims of the condominium collapse in Surfside, Fla. , in the days after the tragedy and spent thousands of dollars on shoes and a Versace purse. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle described the suspects—Betsy Alexandra Cacho-Medina, 30; her...

Video Shows 'Astronomical' Corrosion in Collapsed Condo

New investigation begins at Surfside site

(Newser) - Video released by federal investigators shows more evidence of extensive corrosion and overcrowded concrete reinforcement in a Miami-area condominium that collapsed in June, killing 98 people. The video from the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows densely packed steel reinforcement in various sections of the building, along with extensive...

Remains of Final Victim of Condo Collapse Identified

Estelle Hedaya is disaster's 98th victim

(Newser) - Two days after firefighters' search for bodies at the site of the Surfside condo collapse officially ended , the remains of the disaster's final victim have been identified. Ikey Hedaya tells CBS Miami he was notified by police Monday that the remains of his older sister, 54-year-old Estelle Hedaya, had...

Ceremony Ends Firefighters' Search
Ceremony Ends
Firefighters' Search

Ceremony Ends Firefighters' Search

Crews rejoin their families after camping at the site of the collapsed condo building

(Newser) - Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high. The June 24 collapse at the oceanside Champlain Towers South in Surfside...

Judge: Condo Collapse Survivors Won't Be Asked to Donate Property

Surviving owners are split on future of Surfside site

(Newser) - There have been calls to turn the site of one of the deadliest building collapses in US history into a memorial, but the judge overseeing lawsuits in the Surfside condo collapse says survivors and the families of victims will not be asked to donate their property. "These victims who...

Florida Recovery Effort Winds Down
Surfside Recovery Nears End

Surfside Recovery Nears End

Judge OKs sale of Champlain Towers South site

(Newser) - The recovery efforts at the site of a South Florida condo building that collapsed last month might be coming to an end soon. Miami-Dade County police identified four more victims of the Surfside condo collapse Thursday, meaning that 90 of the 97 confirmed dead have been identified as the recovery...

Concrete Concerns Lead to Miami Building's Evacuation

Deterioration sparked worry three weeks after nearby condo building's collapse

(Newser) - Residents of an 82-year-old, two-story apartment building in Miami Beach have been ordered to evacuate because of concrete deterioration nearly three weeks after the deadly collapse of Champlain Towers South in nearby Surfside. The city of Miami Beach ordered the evacuation of Devon Apartments on Monday and is giving residents...

Post-Surfside Review Shuts Courthouse in Miami

Building underwent inspection after condo tower's collapse

(Newser) - A review ordered after the collapse of a Florida condo building has led to the evacuation of a downtown Miami landmark. Engineers assessing the structural integrity of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse "identified safety concerns with various floors," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a statement with...

Binx the Cat Found 16 Days After Surfside Condo Collapse

'A small piece of good news': Kitty has been reunited with family

(Newser) - In what WSVN calls a "miracle" for one of the families affected by the tragedy in Surfside, Fla., a cat that lived in Champlain Towers South has been found alive, more than two weeks after the condo collapsed. "After 16 long and extremely difficult days, I'm happy...

Florida's Waterfront May Change After Condo Collapse

Developers may buy up older buildings and put up new ones for richer residents

(Newser) - It could take some time to play out, but the collapse of the Surfside condo could fundamentally change the waterfront real estate market not only in the Miami area but throughout Florida and perhaps elsewhere in the country. This is a "real come to Jesus moment," Ana Bozovic,...

Surfside Mission Changes at Midnight
Surfside Mission 
Changed at Midnight
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Surfside Mission Changed at Midnight

Families are told of the switch from rescue to recovery

(Newser) - On the 14th day of their search for survivors in the Florida condo collapse, rescuers conceded that they wouldn't find anyone alive in the rubble. And so at midnight, the crews' mission at the Surfside site transitioned from rescue to recovery. The AP reports a "somber moment of...

Sisters Killed in Condo Collapse Placed in Same Coffin

They were buried alongside parents Marcus and Anaely Guara Tuesday

(Newser) - The bodies of two young sisters pulled from the rubble of a Florida condo building—so tiny that the 4- and 10-year-olds were placed in the same casket—were buried alongside parents Marcus and Anaely Guara Tuesday, their white coffin draped with pink and purple ribbons. Lucia Guara, also known...

Condo Searchers Carry On Through Rain, Wind

4 more bodies found, bringing total to 32

(Newser) - The discovery of four more victims in the rubble of a collapsed Florida condominium building raised the death toll to 32, officials said Tuesday as a ramped-up search effort faced new threats from severe weather with Tropical Storm Elsa. Lightning forced rescuers to pause their work for two hours early...

Condo Collapse Puts Spotlight on SF's Leaning Tower

Engineer says building is safe amid repairs

(Newser) - The deadly collapse of the condo building in Surfside, Fla., has some fearing a similar disaster in San Francisco, where the tilting 58-story Millennium Tower is still without a fix. The city's tallest residential building has sunk 18 inches and leaned several inches, prompting cracks in the foundation and...

Teen Rescued From Rubble Sorry for Missing Practice

After miraculous recovery, her first thought was of volleyball

(Newser) - When 16-year-old rising volleyball star Deven Gonzalez was pulled from the rubble of her Miami condo building, her initial reaction amid the shock was to tell firefighters that she had to compete in a major tournament in a few days. The teen's world revolved around volleyball. She played beach...

Video Shows Demolition of Surfside Tower

The rest of the Florida condo building that collapsed is brought down

(Newser) - As Tropical Storm Elsa moves toward Cuba and, soon after that, Florida, what remained of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside was demolished late Sunday. Officials had worried the rest of the building, which partially collapsed June 24, could be brought down by the storm in the wrong direction , on...

Teams Drill Holes for Explosives in Remaining Structure

Officials worry storm will take bring building down at the wrong place

(Newser) - Crews were setting up the part of the Florida condo building that's still standing for demolition on Sunday, while others were preparing the site for a tropical storm. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommended the structure be brought down, WPLG reports. Teams were...

Impromptu Decision Saved Condo Resident's Life
Girlfriend's Request Saved
Life of Miami Condo Resident
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Girlfriend's Request Saved Life of Miami Condo Resident

Erick De Moura stayed the night at his girlfriend's place, though it wasn't planned

(Newser) - As the days go by, media outlets are providing snapshots of some of those missing or confirmed dead in the Florida condo collapse. The Miami Herald , for example, has a comprehensive list, as well as separate profiles that include a missing family of five and a couple married 59 years...

Surfside Crews Plan Demolition for Sunday

Officials want operation to take place before storm hits but have details to work out

(Newser) - Demolition workers plan to bring down the remainder of a collapsed condo building on Sunday ahead of an approaching storm that added to worries that the damaged structure could come down on its own, officials said Saturday. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, meanwhile, said two more bodies were found in...

New Wrench at Condo Scene: a COVID Outbreak

At least 6 firefighters helping search and rescue efforts at Surfside collapse site have tested positive

(Newser) - As people get ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with barbecues and other get-togethers, a COVID outbreak at the site of the South Florida condo collapse reminds us that the pandemic isn't over just yet. Six firefighters helping out at the scene in Surfside have tested positive, Miami-Dade Fire...

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