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MIAMI – Thursday morning partial collapse of a building in Surfside is the latest in a series of structural collapses in Miami-Dade County over the past decade.

As recently as 2018, another condominium building along Collins Avenue collapsed during a failed demolition project.

The 13-story Marlborough House condominium collapsed on July 21, 2018, when an incident during the controlled demolition caused the entire building to crash.


This is all that was left of the 13-story Marlborough House condominium after it collapsed in a botched demolition project July 21, 2018, in Miami Beach, Florida.

A 46-year-old construction worker, Samuel Landis, died more than a week after his leg was severed in collapse.

The development group that planned to build a modern oceanfront tower in its place initially applied for a permit to implode the building, but after being refused by the city, the request was changed to conventional demolition.

Earlier this year, a pedestrian bridge over Southwest Eighth Street was intended to connect Florida International University with the town of Sweetwater. collapsed, killing six people.

Eight vehicles stopped under the 174-foot-long pedestrian bridge at the time of the March 15, 2018 collapse, were completely or partially crushed by debris.

Collapse of a CRF pedestrian bridge, March 16, 2018

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Crashed vehicles lie under a section of a collapsed pedestrian bridge near Florida International University March 16, 2018, near Sweetwater, Fla.

A construction worker and five people inside their vehicles were killed. Ten others were injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board later attributed the engineer’s design flaw which led to cracks in the supporting structure but cited “failures at all levels”.

A few months later, on Christmas Eve 2018, four people were seriously injured when a collapsed balcony on a parked car in Miami Beach.

car crushed by a balcony at Dora Condo, December 24, 2018


This car was run over by a second-story balcony after it collapsed on December 24, 2018, in Miami Beach, Florida.

All the victims were on the balcony of the Dora Condo building when it collapsed. The building was then deemed unsafe.

In January 2017, a part of a roof collapsed at a northwest Miami-Dade County business, trapping two people inside.

Four construction workers were initially inside the company on Northwest 37th Avenue, but two were able to exit. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had to free the other two workers.

A few months earlier, in October 2016, a section of collapsed formwork on a Brickell construction site, injuring several people on the ground, including a woman who was trapped in her car as a result of falling debris from the Echo Brickell high-rise building.

Debris falls to the ground after the formwork of the Echo Brickell building collapsed on October 19, 2016


Construction debris litter Brickell Avenue after a section of formwork collapsed in the Echo Brickell high-rise building on October 19, 2016, in Miami.

Another man suffered a heart attack and died trying to get away.

Two dozen people who gathered to watch a Miami Heat playoff game were injured in June 2013 when the The patio of a popular North Bay Village restaurant has collapsed, sending them diving into Biscayne Bay.

Shuckers Waterfront Grill Bridge Collapse, June 14, 2013

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A collapsed bridge sits in the water after it collapsed at the Shuckers Waterfront Grill on June 14, 2013, in North Bay Village, Florida.

It was later determined that no government entity has ensured that the Shuckers Waterfront Grill deck has been inspected, even in the one inspection of the neighboring Best Western hotel in 2012, leading to several lawsuits.

Shuckers was closed for over a year before reopening in July 2014.

Four men were killed in 2012 when a Five-story parking lot under construction on the west campus of Miami Dade College in Doral has collapsed.

Miami Dade College West Campus parking lot collapse, October 10, 2012

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A five-story parking lot is shown after it collapsed at Miami Dade College on October 10, 2012, in Doral, Florida.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the garage floors collapsed on top of each other in what has been described as a “pancake collapse.”

Two of the bodies of the victims were found in the rubble. A third man had both legs amputated and later died in hospital. The last victim was found dead in the rubble about a week later.