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Collapsed Florida Condo Building Likely To Be Demolished

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Search and rescue personnel work alongside heavy machinery to sift through the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of people remain missing almost a week after it partially collapsed, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(AP) — Florida officials are working on plans to demolish what’s left of a partially collapsed oceanfront condominium building. The plans were revealed Thursday after concerns about the structure’s instability prompted a 15-hour halt to the search for survivors. After rescue efforts resumed Thursday evening, officials said they had started planning for the likely demolition of the remaining structure. Scott Nacheman, a FEMA structures specialist, said engineers are looking at different methods for the demolition. He said if the building comes down, there initially will be a slowdown in the rescue operation. But he said the demolition of the structure would create a safer working environment that could allow more personnel on the site and accelerate the pace of the work.

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