One seven-year-old victim of the collapse of the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, was found, and her photo emerged. The mystery of the identity of the girl has been solved.
The girl was from Miami, and her father was a firefighter, and he found her at the side of the Champlain Towers building collapse. She was identified as Stella Cattarossi. They lived in a 501 apartment at Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida.
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Her body was in the rubble yesterday, and her father was among the first responders. Ignatius Carroll shared with WPLG.
“When he was made aware that we were close to where his loved one may have been, then he stood side by side with some of his other fellow firefighters. We were able to bring her and then at least allow him to say his farewells.”
Stella’s father is a ten-year veteran of the department, wasn’t identified. With a jacked, he covered his daughter’s body and put a US flag on it. His brother was there also.
WPLG shared: ‘’ Graciela Cattarossi, and her grandparents, Graciela and Gino Cattarossi, were also in the apartment at the time of the collapse. None of the other family members have been recovered, including an aunt visiting from Argentina.’’
Until today, 22 people are reported dead, and 126 are missing.
Three children are saved from the building, among whom was Stella.
One commercial pool contractor took photos of the damages to the pool. The contractor wanted to remain unknown.
Probably the tragedy was caused because of the damages to the concrete in the pool and garage basement. The husband said that his wife called to share that the pool caved in and that there was a huge sinkhole in its place when the line went dead.
Cassondra ‘’Cassie’’ Billedau- Stratton was on the 4th floor of the building.
The repairmen of the pool were part of the project that was supposed to begin. Residents were being assessed at $1,000. She survived the tragedy and shared that the problems weren’t revealed.
“They never told us anything. Then they suddenly make us make an extra $1,000 special assessment for all these repairs they need to do. We are supposed to start paying in July.”
“The water would just basically sit there, and then it would just seep downward,” Espinosa said. “It would just go away after a while. And I would think, where does that water go? Because it had to go in through somewhere. I’m talking about a foot, sometimes two feet of water in the bottom of the parking lot, the whole parking lot.”
Miami Herald reported:
Structural Field Survey Report” was produced for the condo association in October 2018 by engineer Frank Morabito of Morabito Consultants. Morabito wrote that the “main issue” at Champlain Towers was that the pool deck and outdoor planters “laid on a flat structure,” preventing water from draining. The lack of waterproofing was “a systemic issue” that traced back to a flaw “in the development of the original contract documents” 40 years ago, the report said.
“Failure to replace waterproofing in the near future will cause the extent of the concrete deterioration to expand exponentially.”
Pablo Rodriguez told CNN: “The board collects over a million dollars of maintenance fees from the unit owners every single year. Where was that money going? Because it wasn’t going to maintenance.”
“You see these pictures. How did they not tell people that it was in this horrible of a condition? The rebar was exposed, the contractor confirms that the maintenance doesn’t happen overnight like that…it’s. It’s shocking that they allowed it to get into this. It’s negligence, and their negligence caused a lot of death here.”