Thirty-five people have so far been pulled from a partially collapsed building in Miami Beach which has left one person dead and 10 injured, officials said.
More than 80 fire and rescue units were at the 12-storey beachfront apartment block in the town of Surfside, with images showing a pile of rubble and debris spilling down from what was left of the balconies of the building.
About 35 occupants were trapped in the building and pulled from the rubble, according to a Miami-Dade Fire spokesperson, and search and rescue operations are ongoing.
During a press conference, Miami-Dade officials said the number of missing persons was still to be worked out.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims”, said Alfredo Ramirez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
“This is not going to be something that’s long term, it’s at least going to be a week,” he said of the search.
Fire officials confirmed the search for survivors is continuing and firefighters are shoring up the structure as they work.