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Rescue effort resumes at Florida condo collapse site; demolition of remaining building ‘likely’

Rescue efforts at the site of the collapsed condo building near Miami resumed Thursday afternoon after being suspended around 2 a.m. over concerns about the stability of the remaining tower, officials said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted that work continued “after the recommendation of structural engineers who inspected the remaining structure.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said work restarted at 4:45 p.m. EDT, and added that plans are underway for the “likely” demolition of the remaining building.

“This is a decision that we need to make extremely carefully and methodically as we consider all the possible impacts to the pile of debris and to our search-and-rescue operation,” Levine Cava said.

Scott Nachman, structure specialist with FEMA’s search and rescue incident support team, said his team and local officials have looked at different plans over the last 24 hours for demolishing the remaining structure. 

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