"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.
Former Chilean president's relative is missing after the building collapse, daughter says
From CNNE's Abel Alvarado
The daughter of a Chilean citizen told CNN Chile that she has not been able to communicate with her father since the building collapse in Surfside, Florida.
Pascale Bonnefoy said her father is the first cousin of Michelle Bachelet's father. Bachelet is the former president of Chile, and current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Her father and his wife lived in the section of the building that collapsed, and she has not heard from him since.
The Chilean consulate in Miami offered to support the family during the search. "I contacted the consul, and he offered his help, but since there is no information either, there is not much that can be done," Bonnefoy said.
At least 31 people from six Latin American countries are still unaccounted for since the building collapse.
Structural engineering company that inspected building in 2018 says it 'detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete' and gave estimate for 'extensive and necessary repairs'
From CNN's Rosa Flores in Surfside, Florida, and Hollie Silverman in Atlanta
Morabito Consultants, a structural engineering firm, said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon it completed a report in 2018 that "detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete" at Champlain Towers South and provided an estimate of costs to "make the extensive and necessary repairs."
Champlain Towers South Condominium Association hired the firm again in June 2020 to prepare a building repair plan for the 40-year recertification, according to the statement.
Morabito Consultants provides only engineering consulting services, not repair or restoration contracting, the statement said.
"We are deeply troubled by this building collapse and are working closely with the investigating authorities to understand why the structure failed. As we do so, we also continue to pray for all those impacted by this tragic event," the firm said in the statement.
Morabito Consultants has nearly four decades of experience providing services for building structures, including high-rises, residential and commercial buildings, as well as educational and health care facilities, according to the statement.