Rescuers found three more bodies Among the rubble of the collapsed condo in Florida, shortly after crews resumed their search after demolishing what was left of the structure.
The victims were recovered Monday morning, Miami-Dade Deputy Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told relatives. In this way, the death toll rose to 27, while more than 115 people are still missing.
Rescuers were given the green light Sunday to continue searching for the collapse victims after demolition crews planted explosives to tear down the rest of the structure.
The demolition took place “exactly as planned” around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, he told The Associated Press Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
Some of the new debris was immediately removed so rescuers could begin moving into areas of the underground parking lot that are of special interest. Once there, they hope to have a clearer picture of the gaps in the rubble and where some of the 115 people believed to have been trapped by the debris might be. South Champlain Tower collapse in Surfside on June 24.
The proximity of Tropical Storm Elsa had added urgency to the demolition plans, as forecasts pointed to strong winds in the area by Monday.
It was feared that the damaged structure could fall, which posed a danger to rescuers and prevented them from working in some areas. Part of the remaining building was displaced on Thursday, forcing work to be suspended for 15 hours.