Grandstands Collapse, Killing Two Workers

The landmark Biscayne Kennel Club and its famous greyhound sign collapsed on demolition workers taking apart the 1920s-era dog track Friday, killing two and injuring three.

The workers were cutting away I-beam supports of the grandstands when the aluminum and steel structure gave way with an earthshaking clatter.

“It was like a machine gun - bop-bop-bop-bop-bop,” said a neighbor, Consuela Antonas.

The blue-and-white structure, just off Interstate 95 north of Miami, was being demolished in preparation for the sale of the property to adjacent Barry University. The sign broke into pieces of corrugated steel.

The bodies of brothers Charles Schwab and William Schwab, both in their 30s, were recovered late Friday afternoon from the rubble.

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