Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a ステートメント the grand jury probe into the Champlain Towers Condominium will “look at what steps we can take to safeguard our residents without jeopardizing any scientific, public safety, or potential criminal investigations.”
“Few words can describe the shock and horror that the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building has evoked in all of us,” 彼女は言いました. Before initiating the grand jury probe, Rundle deployed a senior prosecutor to the site of the collapse that morning it happened “to collaborate with the engineers and other investigators to assist as needed.” She has visited the site multiple times and sent victim specialists “to be available around the clock to help the grieving friends and family members with all necessary support.”
“Our hearts and prayers are with every victim, family member, friend and co-worker who has been affected by this tragedy,” 彼女は言いました. “As your State Attorney, I assure you that my attorneys, staff and I are dedicated to ensuring that those who were lost will never be forgotten.”
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has sent a federal team of scientists and engineers to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether to launch a full probe of what caused the building to come down.
“I know from personally speaking with engineers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology that their investigation to determine exactly how and why the building collapsed will take a long time. It is painstaking and complicated work,” Rundle said. “I will not do anything to jeopardize their investigative findings which will hopefully prevent future tragedies like this from happening.”
“しかしながら, this is a matter of extreme public importance, and as the State Attorney elected to keep this community safe, I will not wait,” 彼女は言いました.
The NIST also investigated disasters such as the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11, Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico and a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 人. Previous investigations have taken years to complete.