The initial partial building collapse happened at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24.
Champlain Towers is made up of three buildings that are each 12 stories tall and contain 342 units. It is located in the small, beachside town of Surfside, about 6 miles north of Miami Beach. The side of the south building that collapsed is on the ocean side.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said there were more than 100 units in the building and a third of the building "pancaked." On the day of the collapse, 35 victims were pulled from the structure and two were pulled from the rubble, including a teenager. FEMA personnel, the Red Cross, people with the State of Emergency Response Team, and teams from Israel and Mexico are on-site helping with rescue efforts. The remaining standing portion of Champlain Towers South was demolished Sunday night before Tropical Storm Elsa reached Florida.