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Friday, December 9, 2022

Residents Displaced After Walkway Collapses in Hialeah Apartment Building

Numerous individuals were left without a place to live when a portion of an apartment building collapsed in Hialeah on Monday morning. According to authorities, it will be at least three months before they can move back in.

Shortly after 10 a.m., members of the City of Hialeah Fire Department arrived at the intersection of Palm Avenue and 23rd Street.

According to Hialeah Fire Department Chief David Rodriguez, it appears that the walkway of the apartment building abruptly broke way, the beneath portion falling to the first level. We’re quite fortunate that nobody was below.

The apartment complex comprises 15 apartments, according to Chief Rodriguez, and workers were able to examine each one and evacuate all occupants without incident.

One tenant claimed that while inside his apartment, he heard what he initially believed to be the garage truck. However, when he went outside, he saw that a portion of the apartment building had collapsed.

There have been no reported injuries. City of Hialeah authorities are now looking into it.

Esteban Bovo, the mayor of Hialeah, remarked, “We detect hairline fracture.” “A structural engineer should have been able to recognize some exposed rebar and other metal work that appeared to be covered up with paint and other materials, and it’s our opinion that this isn’t something that happened from one day to the next.”

Although the structure is about 60 years old, a licensed engineer stated in 2018 that it was safe during the building recertification process, according to municipal records.

Claudio Jofre was identified as the engineer on the apartment’s recertification paperwork, which was removed by the media. His provided phone number is no longer active.

Jofre passed away in February 2017, according to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, months before the signed inspection in 2018.

Further investigation revealed that wasn’t the only instance. Miami-Dade County sent a notice in 2021 informing all building officials that this licensed engineer had passed away; yet, proposals kept being filed with his seal and signature. The message forbade authorities from accepting any papers that Jofre had previously signed.

Bovo declared, “We are going to move on and look into the records we have on this building and see where this leads us.

The city of Hialeah was informed of the results by the media. Who has been exploiting the engineer’s information is currently unknown. After the 2018 inspection, the current owner bought the flat.

Whether the collapse would have occurred even with a thorough assessment in 2018 is uncertain.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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