Explosion in Lux FL High-rise Injures 6

Posted: 10/5/2015

Explosion in Luxury Florida High-rise Injures 6 | F.E. Moran Fire Protection (source:  www.femoranfp.com) 

Sunny Isles Beach, FL -- Crews are working around the clock to figure out exactly what caused an explosion at a luxury high-rise in Florida that injured 6 people.

It is believed that a gas leak in the boiler room led to an explosion that injured 6 people and caused massive damage to the unoccupied luxury condo complex.  "There was an explosion at the top of the building," said Sunny Isles Beach Sgt. Brian Schnell.  "We are on [the] scene with Ocean Rescue, assisting them as they need us."

9-1-1 first started getting calls around noon on October 2.  "Oh, my gosh, my gosh.  A big chunk of concrete from the top of the floor just came piling down," the initial caller told the dispatcher.

The explosion caused massive damage.  Walls on two sides of the building's 34th floor were completely blown out, and debris could be seen inside a rooftop swimming pool.

Original reports showed that 34 people were injured, but it was updated to six people.  People were treated on the scene on whatever they could.  A luggage rack held one person, while another person was treated in a vehicle.  Another victim had to be airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital.  Concrete was falling off the building and hitting pedestrians that lived in the high-rise next door.  Read the complete story at wsvn.com. 

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