After a Miami condo building fell, a woman named Cassie Stratton hurriedly warned her husband on the phone that the earth was “shaking” moments before letting out a “blood-curdling scream” as the line went dead.
When the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, near Miami Beach, collapsed at 1.30 a.m. Thursday morning, Cassie Stratton was standing on her balcony.
She is 40 years old.
With 159 people still missing, her family’s prospects of finding her alive among the debris are dwindling.
Ashley Dean, Cassie’s older sister, is anxious for answers and has dubbed the apartment complex a “death trap.”
She said to Sky News, “We’ve never been able to see her again because she’s in there, she’s trapped in there,”
“I have to be realistic; my baby is gone, my baby sister is gone.”
“My sister told me about all kinds of water leaks and people on her roof with heavy equipment. I want to know how this could happen and who is responsible? She was living in a dream place but it was a death trap.”
Ashley described the terrifying moment her younger sister screamed while on the phone with her husband Michael as the building began to crumble.
Ashley added, “Suddenly she says, ‘honey the pool is caving in, the pool is sinking to the ground’,”
“He said ‘what are you talking about?’ And she says, ‘the ground is shaking, everything’s shaking’ and then she screamed a blood-curdling scream and the line went dead.“
If the Unit 111 folks and Cassie Stratton were correct, then it looks like the pool deck collapsed first. Cassie would have had a view of the collapse from a similar angle to the first photo, but much closer and my guess is from a lower level. That’s horrifying. pic.twitter.com/dBhjvnfpv7
Three individuals were retrieved from the rubble overnight, according to officials, but 159 people have yet to be found. Stacie Fang1st Victim of Miami Condo Tower Collapse.
Stacie Fang, the mother of the 15-year-old boy who was miraculously rescued from the rubble, was reported as the first victim of the collapse yesterday. After being rescued from the rubble, the 54-year-old succumbed to her injuries and died at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Jonah Handler, her son, was rescued by firefighters shortly after the apartment building collapsed, and the moment was captured on camera.
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