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SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Efforts to recover human remains from the debris of a South Florida condo building are nearing an end.
Miami-Dade police identi- fied six more victims of last month’s Surfside condo col- lapse 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 med- ical examiner’s office and expert technical and scientif- ic work. More than 26 mil- lion pounds (12 million kilo- grams) of debris and con-
crete have been removed as recovery work continues.
A cause has not yet been pinpointed for the 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 that the process begin to sell the site of Champlain Towers South, which could fetch $100 million to $110 million, according to court records.
The judge also approved returning $2.4 million in deposits that some Champlain condo owners had made toward an assessment to pay for $15 million in planned major repairs.
The Surfside collapse has raised alarm and focused scrutiny on other older apartment buildings. Two high-rises in Miami-Dade County that have been evac- uated over structural concerns. On Thursday, a three- story apartment building in northwestern Miami-Dade was evacuated following a partial roof collapse, officials said.
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 spokesper- son Erika Benitez confirmed that the damage was limited to the building’s exterior.