Firefighter’s Daughter Among Victims Found in Miami Collapse

Rescue crews found the girl’s body while searching the wreckage of Champlain Towers South, officials said Friday.

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The 7-year-old daughter of a Miami firefighter is among the victims.

Rescue crews found the body of the 7-year-old daughter of a Miami firefighter while searching the wreckage of Champlain Towers South, officials said Friday as they announced that the known death toll had risen to 20. As many as 128 people remain unaccounted for.

The discovery of the firefighter’s daughter was especially painful for rescue crews, many of whom have labored for more than a week in Surfside, Fla., without finding any survivors.

“Every victim we remove, it’s difficult,” said Chief Alan Cominsky of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. “Last night was even more when we were removing a fellow firefighter’s daughter.” He added: “As firefighters, we do what we do. It’s kind of a calling. And we always say that. But it still takes a toll.”

Elad Edri, the deputy commander of an Israeli team working at the site, said police officers and firefighters formed two columns to flank the girl’s removal from the debris. Mr. Edri said that once she had been taken away, the rescuers embraced and wept.The 7-year-old daughter of a Miami firefighter is among the victims.

“I think this tragedy has haunted so many of us because so many of us know someone who was in the building or affected by this tragedy,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said at a news conference on Friday. “So now, not only do we know someone, but this is someone who is a member of our family, of our fire family.”

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