3rd Canadian victim of Florida condo collapse identified

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The remains of a third Canadian victim of a deadly condominium collapse in Surfside, Fla., have been identified, sources confirm to CBC News.

Sources have identified the victim as 23-year-old Michelle Anna Pazos. She had been visiting her father, Miguel Pazos, in Surfside. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the situation, say the remains of both father and daughter were recovered last week.

In an email to CBC News, a Global Affairs Canada spokesperson confirmed the identification of a third Canadian victim.

Meanwhile, efforts to recover remains from the debris of the Surfside site are nearing an end.

Miami-Dade police identified six more victims of last month’s collapse on Thursday, meaning that 92 of the 97 confirmed dead have been identified.

County officials have accounted for at least 240 people connected to the building, with just a few still classified as missing or “potentially unaccounted for.”

A county statement late Thursday said the task of identifying victims had become increasingly difficult, relying heavily on the medical examiner’s office and expert technical and scientific work.

More than 12 million kilograms of debris and concrete have been removed as recovery work continues.

Focus on older buildings

The collapse has raised alarm and focused scrutiny on other older apartment buildings.

Two highrises in Miami-Dade County have been evacuated over structural concerns. On Thursday, another building, with three storeys of apartments in northwestern Miami-Dade, was evacuated following a partial roof collapse.

“All residents have been evacuated & @RedCross is assisting the families,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava tweeted.

Well-wishers and mourners gather at a makeshift memorial Thursday for the victims of the Champlain Towers South condo building collapse, for a multi-faith vigil near the site where the building once stood in Surfside, Fla. (Rebecca Blackwell/The Associated Press)

Helicopter footage from WSVN showed that a long section of roof overhang had fallen off one side of the complex to the ground below. The roof didn’t appear to have collapsed into any units. Fire rescue spokesperson Erika Benitez confirmed that the damage was limited to the building’s exterior.

A cause has not yet been pinpointed for the Surfside collapse, although there were several previous warnings of major structural damage at the 40-year-old building.

A judge approved the sale of the oceanfront property on Wednesday, with proceeds intended to benefit victims of the deadly disaster.

At a hearing, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman ordered the process of selling the site of Champlain Towers South to begin. The sale could fetch $100 million to $110 million US, according to court records.

The judge also approved returning $2.4 million US in deposits that some Champlain condo owners had made toward an assessment to pay for $15 million US in planned major repairs.





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