Search teams found three more bodies as they continued their work after the collapsed condom building in Surfside, Florida, was blown up by an explosive device on Sunday night.
Miami-Dade County officials told family members the death toll now stands at 27, with more than 115 people still missing, the Associated Press reported.
The destruction occurred just after 22:00 ET, on June 24, 11 days after a large part of the Champlain Towers apartment building collapsed.
County Mayor Daniella Levine Kava said the demolition of the rest of the building was a necessary step for crews to continue the search for survivors of the disaster.
“Bringing this building under control is critical to expanding the scope of our search-and-rescue operation,” Kawa told reporters at a news conference, the Associated Press reported. He said on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday morning that the crews had returned before midnight.
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Kava and other officials promised to continue the search in hopes of finding the survivors, although more than a week later, the chances of finding a survivor were not good.
“This rescue effort, I think, will continue until all of this waste is removed,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said during a speech on CBS News ’Nation Face program on Sunday.
“Families realize that time has passed, they realize that opportunity is dwindling,” Kava told NBC.
In recent days, there have been concerns that the still-preserved part of the building is dangerous and could pose a threat while working on the search team’s site, the AP reported.
According to forecasters, the situation has become even more uncertain as Hurricane Tropical Elsa makes its way to Florida after a barrel crossing the Caribbean for several days.
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The rtial collapse of the Champlain Towers facility on June 24 sparked a new investigation into the integrity of the building in Florida.
The damage to the building has forced officials and citizens to consider st communications about problems in the building, with several survivors already suing.
On Friday, officials in neighboring North Miami Beach ordered the closure and evacuation of a multi-story condominium building in the same community, citing structural problems.
Destroying the rest of the Surfside building on Sunday night will eventually give the search team access to other areas of the site, Miami-Dade Fire Service Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah told the AP.
According to the news agency, the demolition was carried out by BG Group, a general contractor clothing company in Delray, Florida, under a $ 935,000 contract.
The crews had planned to place the explosives in the basement and lobby level of the building, officials said in a process known as “energetic collapse” before the explosion.