Miami, FL – A project manager for a Fort Lauderdale demolition company was critically injured Monday during the demolition of the former Marlborough House condominium building in Miami Beach, in a reportedly unauthorized implosion.
Authorities report that 42-year-old Samuel Landis was listed in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The plan was to tear down the Marlborough building and construct a modern, ocean-front tower in its place. According to city records of the permitting process, the company changed their request to a conventional demolition in November and were approved.
At Miami Beach Associates’ office in Brickell, an employee disputed that the building was scheduled for a gradual demolition.
Debris spread across Collins Avenue and caused the main north-south artery through Miami Beach to be shut down in both directions from 41st to 63rd streets.
According to notices posted at neighboring condo building, the demolition work was scheduled to begin Monday.
Rescue workers from the Miami Beach, Miami and Miami-Dade fire departments conducted a search and rescue operation but found no other victims.
Winmar President Luis Leon said in a statement that “demolition was conducted by Winmar’s subcontractor, Allied Bean Demolition, who was responsible for performing all of the project’s demolition work.”
Video provided by GC Construction shows the former Marlborough House condominium building in Miami Beach collapsing on Monday morning.