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Fire at North Miami apartment building displaces 10 families

No one injured, firefighters say

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – A fire caused serious damage to an apartment building in North Miami Sunday, displacing 10 families, authorities said.

A spokesperson for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the two-alarm fire broke out just after noon in the 1300 block of Northeast 127th Street. Dozens of firefighters responded to the fire, and they were quickly able to bring the blaze under control.

"I was in the house with my nieces, and my mom was in the back, and I heard her banging on the window for us to get out, 'There’s a fire,'" resident Samantha Joseph said.

As smoke and flames began to spread, neighbors rushed out. 

"They started banging on my door screaming for me to get out, and I grabbed my cat, and luckily no one else was home," resident Gabrielle Colon said.

A cellphone video recorded by a neighbor showed dark plumes of smoke rising over the apartment complex.

"Everything's gone. Everything's gone," resident Soline Lamarre said. "My mom called me and told me that our house caught on fire, and it started from my room."

Firefighters said no one was hurt in this fire, but the families must now find somewhere else to live. 

"We don’t know where we’re gonna sleep tonight," Joseph said.

About the Authors:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.