Simple Decision Saved Resident Of Surfside Condo That Collapsed – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As families wait for responses from search and rescue teams combing through the rubble of the Surfside condo collapse, a resident of the building said he should have been there, but a simple decision saved his life.

Champlain Towers South resident Erick de Moura said last Wednesday night his girlfriend asked him to stay that night and he agreed. The tower he lived in collapsed around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday

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“My building collapsed and she was also shocked and nobody believed,” said de Moura.

He and his girlfriend Fernanda are hugging a little tighter these days when they think about what could have happened.

De Moura said Wednesday evening that he had planned to return to his 10th floor apartment, but Fernanda persuaded him to stay. He woke up to the news that his building, his condominium, had disappeared.

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“It wasn’t about my home, it was about the life I had there, the life there, the families, the children, it was about the community. it wasn’t about me, ”he said.

As the search for survivors continues, De Moura feels lucky to be still alive.

He’s hoping for good news for his friends and neighbors who were there when their house collapsed.

“There is still a lot of hope of finding people alive,” he said.

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He said staying with his girlfriend in the middle of the week was an unlikely move, but it was a move that saved his life.

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