"It was like a comment that she made off-hand, like that's why she woke up and she wasn't able to go back to sleep afterwards," he said. "...Now, in hindsight, you always wonder."
Rodriguez said he is holding out hope for the lives of his family members, but that given the nature of the collapse it is increasingly difficult as time passes.
"We are not exactly hopeful," he said. "...You always hold out hope, until you definitively know but after seeing the video of the collapse, it's increasingly difficult, because they were in that section that was pancaked in."
Rodriguez then described how his family had just begin to emerge from the hardships presented by Covid-19 when disaster struck again.
"Waves of devastation with troughs of disbelieve," he said, describing his feelings throughout today. "One second you are overwhelmed... and then another you get a semblance of normalcy because... This doesn't happen. Buildings don't just collapse. It's not real. So it's been like that all day."
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37 people have been pulled from the rubble, fire official says
From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Hollie Silverman
Thirty-seven people were pulled out of the rubble following the building collapse in Surfside, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Ray Jadallah said.
At least 11 people with injuries have been treated and four of those were transported, the assistant chief said. CNN reported earlier there is at least one person dead from the collapse.
Jadallah said there was a small fire that was extinguished earlier due to the shifting of the building, he said. Every time there is a shift in the rubble, there are chances for small fires to start in the building.
Rescuers plan to continue search and rescue operations through the night.