Neighbors' grim and panicked 911 calls on the night of the Surfside tragedy are ...

Neighbors' grim and panicked 911 calls on the night of the Surfside tragedy are ...
Neighbors' grim and panicked 911 calls on the night of the Surfside tragedy are ...

Nearly two dozen grim 911 calls from the night of condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida have been released showing the panic felt in the chaotic aftermath on June 24 by those who witnessed it.

Police and fire rescue dispatchers across Miami received heavy 911 call volume with desperate pleas to respond to 8777 Collins Ave. where the Champlain Towers South building collapsed, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said on Wednesday that they identified another victim, marking at least 96 people who have been confirmed to have died, while  11 people remain missing.  

Dispatchers received the first call for help at 1:16 a.m. with first responders arriving to the Champlain Towers South building within minutes, the outlet reported. 

Nearly two dozen grim 911 calls from the night of condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida have been released

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Nearly two dozen grim 911 calls from the night of condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida have been released

Early 911 callers reported feeling what they thought was a large explosion or earthquake while others thought there had been a fire or that the roof had fallen in.

'Yeah so I'm at Champlain Towers and something is going on here. You've got to get us out of here,' one woman said.

When asked by the dispatcher if the woman was in her apartment, she said: 'Yes! Half the building is gone!'

In another call, a woman explained that several of the building's residents were trapped inside the garage.

'The roof collapsed in the building. A bunch of us are in the garage but we can't get out and we're going back up to our apartments but some of the hallways are blocked and there is water coming in through the bottom, through the garage,' she said.

In another call, the 911 caller is simply heard saying 'come, come, come' while the dispatcher repeats 'Hello. Ma'am? Hello?' before the line went dead.

People could be heard screaming in the background while another 911 caller reported a collapse in the parking garage and described only being able to see smoke around 1:21 a.m.

During that call, a scared woman appeared to ask him where they were going while he told dispatchers: 'We can't see a thing. It's all smoke here.'

The 911 caller then tried to comfort his panting mother, telling her to 'relax.'

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'Take a deep breath. We're here. We're here. We're safe, mom,' he said.

The mother then shouts: 'Earthquake! It's an earthquake outside!'

One female caller reported being trapped near the parking garage as she pleaded for somebody to get her out.

'If the building comes down, it will come down on my head,' she said.

Louis Tinoco, who lived in Unit 505 and survived the disaster with his family, detailed his harrowing escape in a nearly 14-minute call with dispatchers.

Tinoco said he was calling from the second floor and that they were trying to find a way out of the building.

'We just heard from people that are downstairs — they got out. We are going to try the garage now,' he said as a dispatcher tells him they would stay on the phone until he made it out of the building. 

'The entire garage is flooding,' Tinoco said.

Crews work in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South building, as removal and recovery work continues at the site of the partially collapsed condo building on Tuesday

Crews work in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South building, as removal and recovery work continues at the site of the partially collapsed condo building on Tuesday

A worker waits to load his truck with debris from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South building, as removal and recovery work continues at the site of the collapsed condo building on Wednesday

A worker waits to load his truck with debris from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South building, as removal and recovery work continues at the site of the collapsed condo building on Wednesday

Crews have continued to sift through and remove rubble weeks after the condo building collapsed

Crews have continued to sift through and remove rubble weeks after the condo building collapsed

A member of a search and rescue team watches as heavy equipment is used to remove crushed vehicles on Monday

A member of a search and rescue team watches as heavy equipment is used to remove crushed vehicles on Monday

Search and Rescue teams remove crushed vehicles as they continue look for bodies in the rubble at the site of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo

Search and Rescue teams remove crushed vehicles as they continue look for bodies in the rubble at the site of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo

Damaged vehicles are transported from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South building, as removal and recovery work continues on Tuesday

Damaged vehicles are transported from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South building, as removal and recovery work continues on Tuesday

Search and Rescue teams remove crushed vehicles as they continue look for bodies in the rubble at the site of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo

Search and Rescue teams remove crushed vehicles as they continue look for bodies in the rubble at the site of the 12-story oceanfront Champlain Towers South Condo

Tinoco and his family could be heard desperately searching for an exit while someone in the background screams: 'I need to get out!' 

He and his family returned to the second floor. People started to gather near someone's door and planned to break it down to escape using their balcony, Tinoco told the dispatcher. He said he could hear people screaming in the rubble.

'There are people in the rubble yelling, by the way,' he said.

'There's people yelling, saying they're stuck on the part of the building that collapsed. They keep yelling. Is it safe for us to stay here?' 

The dispatcher responded: 'We have several, several units that are already on the scene.'

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