With 24 people confirmed dead and 121 still unaccounted for, the still-standing portion of the Champlain Towers condominium building in Surfside, Florida, has now been demolished. Meanwhile, a drone video released by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department before the demolition gives a glimpse of the rescue and recovery efforts at the site of the terrible tragedy.
The shocking collapse on June 24 morning took down 55 of the building’s 136 units. And with the threat of Tropical Storm Elsa looming, the rest of the building was brought down on Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. ET using explosives.
Thermal drones check for missing pets
Before the demolition took place, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department used thermal imaging drones to sweep the premises multiple times in an effort to locate any pets that may have been left behind in the partially collapsed building.
This controlled demolition was necessary for multiple reasons. To begin with, it safeguards the rescue crews from the…