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Authorities in Miami Beach, Florida were responding to a partial building collapse early Thursday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said it was on the scene of the incident near 88th Street and Collins Avenue in the Surfside neighborhood.

More than 80 fire rescue units were involved in the response, the agency said just after 2 a.m. ET.

That included a Technical Rescue Team that is trained in the removal of victims trapped in complex or confined spaces, fire officials said.

Municipal fire departments and Miami Beach police were also assisting.

MBPD and @MiamiBeachFire are assisting the Town of Surfside at a partial building collapse located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida. Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting. Please follow @MiamiDadeFire for updated information. pic.twitter.com/8tORIfZfjY

— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) June 24, 2021

NBC Miami reported that footage from the scene showed a large section of a multi-story building collapsed into a pile of rubble. Records showed the 12-story building was built in 1981 and has more than 130 units, it said.

It’s not clear how many people were inside the building at the time of the collapse, or if there were any injuries.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for more updates.

Yuliya Talmazan is a London-based journalist.

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