Over 300 Residents Evacuated from North Miami Beach Condo After Audit Finds Unsafe Conditions
Residents were evacuated from a condo building in North Miami Beach on Friday after a building inspection found structural damage and unsafe electrical conditions.
The city of North Miami Beach ordered that the Crestview Towers Condominium be closed immediately, forcing 300 people out of their homes, according to NBC Miami.
“In an abundance of caution, the city ordered the building closed immediately and the residents evacuated for their protection, while a full structural assessment is conducted and next steps are determined,” City Manager Arthur H. Sorey III said in a statement. “Nothing is more important than the safety and lives of our residents, and we will not rest until we ensure this building is 100% safe.”
The evacuation occurred a week after a condo in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed, so far killing 22 people, leaving dozens unaccounted for and displaced.
“I ran here right away because this is important to me. I needed to ensure that what happened in Surfside doesn’t happen here,” North Miami Beach Commissioner Fortuna Smukler told CBS News. “It could have been our building instead of Surfside.”