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Work pauses at collapsed condo building


A man at a vespers service dedicated to victims of a building collapse prays on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Miami Beach, Fla. Associated Press/Photo by Gerald Herbert

Work pauses at collapsed condo building

Search and rescue crews in Surfside, Fla., noticed cracks in the rubble widening and some debris moving. Concern about the stability of still-standing portions of Champlain Towers halted work at the collapsed 12-story condominium building in Surfside, Fla., at 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Did they make progress up to that point? The death toll rose to 18 with 145 people still missing. Though rescue efforts continue, crews haven’t found any more survivors since the initial hours after the collapse. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived on Thursday to meet with first responders, rescue personnel, and bereaved families. He offered federal support for the rescue and recovery efforts. “We can do it,” he said. “Just the simple act of everyone doing what needs to be done, makes a difference.”


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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