Charles Burkett, the mayor of Surfside, Florida, offered some concerned comments about the sister building to the the Champlain Towers South Condominium after its catastrophic collapse.
Burkett gave an interview to ABC’s Jon Karl on Sunday to talk about the ongoing efforts to clear out the rubble and search for survivors among the 156 people who remain unaccounted for. As he was asked what caused the apartment tower’s collapse, Burkett called the situation a “third world phenomenon” as he said “buildings don’t fall down in America.”
“There was something obviously very, very wrong at this building, and we need to get to the bottom of it,” Burkett said. “Not today, not tomorrow, and not for a long time, because