Rescue teams scoured the closets, looked under the bed, and even used thermally described drones to search for pets that might have been trapped in the ruins of the southern Champlain Towers before a decision was made to demolish the still-preserved part of the building. said Monday.
It was a building exploded on Sunday night, it collapsed more than a few weeks later, killing more than twenty people and leaving more than 115 missing.
Prior to the demolition, rescue teams searched for the animals, found any place where they could hide, and used ladders of high-rise cranes to look at what was left in an inaccessible area – a 12-story building in Miami. Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Kava said at a news conference.
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“We did everything we could to look for any pets, any animals in the building before it broke down,” Levin Kava said.
He said the first respondents used thermally described drones in a pile of rubble and in the tower and other places that were not dangerous to humans. He also said the doors opened and there were other ways for lost pets to escape the building, and traps for live animals were placed on balconies “at great risk” for rescuers.
“I want to be as specific as possible and urge our team to understand that we really went to great lengths to take all necessary measures for the first respondents. They were beloved family members – none of them remained in the building before the demolition.”
One of the survivors, Susana Alvarez, was upset about her beloved 4-year-old cat, Mia, who was left on the 10th floor. On Sunday, Alvarez contacted rescuers and worked diligently to determine if the cat had been found.
“My brain is still there, Mia, and I know she’s under my bed,” he said. “What should he think?”
Alvarez, 62, was in the process of moving his Alzheimer’s mother to a condom before the building collapsed. A week ago, he registered the cat as an emotionally supportive animal and brought it to the condom.
The cat was shy and often hid under the bed, but recently it started to come out more, he said.
When the building collapsed, Alvarez brought only his cell phone to light his house, and as he fell down the stairs, he ran back and left the piece, worried about whether he would have time to get Mia out from under the bed.