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Worker Dies Days After Miami Beach Building Collapse

Miami Beach Police said 46-year-old Samuel Landis died Friday afternoon

The worker hospitalized after last month's building demolition gone wrong on Miami Beach died from his injuries Friday, officials said.

Miami Beach Police said 46-year-old Samuel Landis died Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after the collapse of the 13-story Marlborough House at 5775 Collins Avenue on July 23.

Landis was working at the site when he was struck by debris from the collapse, fire rescue officials and witnesses said. According to a police incident report, an officer found Landis with a severed leg. Landis was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

The report said the building "collapsed in an unsafe manner causing debris and thick smoke to cover Collins Avenue." The officer who wrote the report was among a group who suffered from smoke inhalation and were admitted to Mt. Sinai Hospital as a precaution.

The Marlborough House, an apartment building built in 1961, was being demolished to make way for a new luxury high-rise being built by Winmar Construction. Winmar officials said Landis worked for Allied Bean Demolition, which was performing the project's demolition work.

Police and city officials said the company's demolition permit did not allow for an implosion. Officials said demolition companies don’t need to specify how they’ll bring a building down but they do need to say whether or not debris will be contained to the property.

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation.

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