In the early hours of Thursday morning, there was a roof collapse at a North Miami apartment building, leaving almost 200 people without a place to live.
The event occurred about 3 a.m. at the Gold King Apartments located at 13285 Northeast 6th Avenue, according to official reports.
Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue were quickly dispatched to the scene of the roof collapse to evacuate the building, which was described as a “dire situation” by North Miami Police Major Neal Cuevas.
According to Cuevas, the electricity had to be shut off as a precaution due to the fact that the elevator shaft is completely flooded.
Cuevas says that work had been done on the roof earlier this week, but had been left uncompleted. When the area received heavy rainfall early on Thursday morning, the water began leaking into several fourth-floor apartments. The water damage eventually spread throughout the entire 80-unit building, caused ceilings to drop and water to accumulate within the walls.
One building resident, Kirby Dassas, who lived on the fourth floor, says he woke up with his whole home flooded and had to quickly rush his two young children to safety. Dassas told local reporters that he hopes that victims of the roof collapse receive some kind of help.
The Red Cross has responded to the situation and is helping the now-homeless residents to find a place to stay.
The police will be maintaining a presence at the apartment building while its resident are away in order to protect their belongings, Cuevas says.
Cuevas says that the manager of the North Miami apartment building has been contacted about the damage.
No one has been reported as being injured by the roof collapse.
By Nancy Schimelpfening