Collapsed Florida condo building likely to be demolished

By RUSS BYNUM and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are working on plans to demolish what's left of a partially collapsed oceanfront condominium building.

The plans were revealed Thursday after concerns about the structure's instability prompted a 15-hour halt to the search for survivors.

After rescue efforts resumed Thursday evening, officials said they had started planning for the likely demolition of the remaining structure.

Scott Nacheman, a FEMA structures specialist, said engineers are looking at different methods for the demolition.

He said if the building comes down, there initially will be a slowdown in the rescue operation.

But he said the demolition of the structure would create a safer working environment that could allow more personnel on the site and accelerate the pace of the work.

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