A Surfside, Florida resident said he narrowly avoided the fatal collapse of the apartment building he calls home because his girlfriend asked him to stay with her – a decision that may have saved his life.
When Erick de Moura woke up the next morning, he heard the news. “My building collapsed and she was shocked too and no one believed,” de Moura told CBS Miami.
De Moura, who lived on the 10th floor of Champlain Towers South, said staying with his girlfriend during the week was an unlikely move. Now he hopes that more survivors will be pulled out of the building.
There is still a lot of hope of finding people alive, he told CBS Miami at the crash site.
“It wasn’t about my home, it was about the life I had there, the life there, the families, the children, it was about society,” said de Moura. “It wasn’t about me.”
At least twelve people have been killed and 149 more are not explained as rescue workers search for the rubble the building collapsed in last week. No one has been recovered alive from the rubble since last Thursday.