Miami apartment being demolished due to collapse risk after major fire

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Florida Construction News staff writer

An apartment complex in Miami is now being demolished due to concerns of “imminent risk of collapse” after a fire on June 10 – the city’s first 3-alarm fire in 25 years.The demolition at Temple Courts is expected to take four to six weeks.

“They are not going back inside. It is considered unsafe because of a partial collapse inside and the hazardous materials contained inside the building,” said Kenia Fallat, Director of Communication for the City of Miami.

A 73-year old man was arrested and charged with intentionally starting the fire, police said.

Atlantic Housing, the company that manages Temple Court apartments, said in a statement that one of their employees was found shot inside the complex.

“We are still determining the cause of these events, and we are checking for other injuries. Police are investigating, and we will help in whatever ways we can,” the management company’s statement said. “We are grieved by all that has happened today, and our thoughts and prayers are with our team member and his family and residents of the Temple Court community.”

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