Firefighters hear banging noises while tunneling under condo building that collapsed in Miami

The rubble of the Champlain Towers South building in Florida
The Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday morning. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
  • Florida firefighters heard a banging noise during rescue operations at a collapsed condo building.
  • At least one person died when a section of Champlain Towers South collapsed Thursday morning.
  • An investigation is underway.
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Firefighters who are tunneling under the condo building that collapsed Thursday morning in Miami are hearing noises that could be coming from survivors.

At a press conference Thursday evening, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Ray Jadallah said sonar devices were picking up noises from within the rubble.

“We did receive sounds,” Jadallah told reporters. “What sounds like people banging – well not people, but sounds of a possibility of a banging. Short of that, we haven’t heard any voices coming from the pile.”

Firefighters are currently tunning to different floors from a parking garage that is beneath the collapsed building.

“The process is slow and methodical,” Jadallah said, with operations to continue through the night. He added that 37 people have now been pulled from the site, including 35 from the structure itself and two from the rubble.

So far, authorities have confirmed just one fatality, without releasing further details on the victim.