Explosion, gas leak injures six in high-rise near Miami Beach
Six people, including two firefighters, were injured after an explosion at a high-rise building in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The blast appears to have originated in the boiler room, and there are reports of a gas leak, according to WSVN.
The explosion occurred at the Chateau Beach Condo, in Sunny Isles Beach, a city on a barrier island directly east of North Miami Beach. A large hole can be seen in the building.
That's a pretty big hole. #Sunnyislesbeach#explosionpic.twitter.com/MkuJuHF64t— Matthew (@TheKrinz) October 2, 2015
Multiple emergency units are on the scene, and it has been listed as a Level 3 Mass Casualty Incident, meaning at least 20 people are hurt, officials told WSVN.
#UPDATE: At least 34 people injured in Sunny Isles building explosion. Collins Av. shutdown. http://t.co/Pkih7aC5qCpic.twitter.com/HHXydJBRAR— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) October 2, 2015
Original reports said that at least 34 people were injured, but the Miami-Dade Fire Department later revised that number to six. One person was airlifted to a nearby hospital, while two others were transported by ambulance. A fourth was treated at the scene. Two firefighters were injured.
#MDFRUpdate building explosion on 174 & Collins. 2 patients transported by #AirRescueNorth, 2 patients by ground. pic.twitter.com/5wjszoXJPU— MDFR (@MiamiDadeFire) October 2, 2015
"There was [an] explosion at the top of the building. We are on scene with Ocean Rescue, assisting them as they need us," said Sunny Isles Beach Sgt. Brian Schnell.
A firefighter on the scene told WSVN that two people is trapped in an elevator, which is stuck on the third floor.
Large response to high-rise explosion in Sunny Isles Beach. WATCH LIVE: http://t.co/PhT9wCUuffpic.twitter.com/DGhUmIo2ql— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) October 2, 2015
Pedestrians may have been struck by large pieces of concrete from a side wall. Glass and debris also rained down on beachgoers and hotel patrons next door to the condo.
"When I turned, I saw [the concrete] was coming down," a man standing near the building when the explosion happened told WSVN. "I see people coming out [and within] two minutes, police were here. That was crazy."
Several people are being treated for severe burns and will be sent to area hospitals.
LIVE VIDEO: Fire rescue responds to explosion at Sunny Isles Beach high-rise: http://t.co/9Gmrm939Uspic.twitter.com/NTM75JvMUq— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) October 2, 2015
An active gas leak was reported near the scene at the adjacent Travelodge Monaco, WFOR reported.
The 33-story building was under construction. Argentine developer Manuel Grosskopf and his father Sergio broke ground on the 84-residence project in January 2013. The completion date is listed only as 2015, according to real estate company Linda G Properties.
#BREAKING: Possible explosion at high-rise building in Sunny Isles Beach: http://t.co/msyufbculspic.twitter.com/iIrFcfhzaN— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) October 2, 2015
@wsvn@miamicrime@Telemundo51@ActualidadRadio@CarinesMoncada#SunnyIslesBeach#explosion Chateau building pic.twitter.com/zJxPtwaAT3— FídëLLënín (@Fidellenin) October 2, 2015
It is now a two-alarm fire, according to Alertpage Inc.
Every fire engine and EMS within 15 miles must be here. #Sunnyislesbeachpic.twitter.com/TZshgiGoY2— Matthew (@TheKrinz) October 2, 2015