A missing Surfside
apartment building resident told her son that the building had been making loud "creaking
noises" the day before, he said.
“She just told me she woke up around 3, 4 a.m. and had heard like some creaking noises,” her son, Pablo Rodriguez, told CNN
on Thursday, after a portion of the 12-story building collapsed. “They were loud enough to wake her.”
“It was like an offhand remark she made, like that’s why she woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep
,” he continued, adding, “Now, in hindsight, you always wonder.”
Rodriguez told the cable network that his hope is fading because his mother and grandmother are both missing.
“You always hope until you know for sure, but after seeing the video of the collapse, it’s becoming increasingly difficult because they were in that section that was pancaked in.”
Approximately 100 people
are missing after a structure near Miami
collapsed with a roar early Thursday.
A researcher at Florida
told USA Today that the building had been sinking for years and was deemed unstable, but he did not specify what caused it.
“This is an extremely unusual event, and speculating on its cause is both dangerous and counterproductive,” former Surfside Mayor
Daniel Dietch told the newspaper.