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10 families displaced after massive Hialeah blaze

City of Hialeah firefighters battled a massive blaze and they had to call in another fire department for assistance.
City of Hialeah firefighters battled a massive blaze and they had to call in another fire department for assistance.

HIALEAH, Fla. – City of Hialeah firefighters raced to a massive fire just after 4 p.m. Sunday.

Raging flames could be seen for blocks away near 22nd Street and East Sixth Avenue.

“It was a big, big, fire out of control when we got here,” said David Rodriguez, District Chief of the City of Hialeah Fire Department.

Aerial pictures provided by Hialeah Fire Rescue showed flames engulfing several homes as well as smoke billowing into the air.

“It ended up being a second alarm fire that basically ties up our entire city, so that’s why we called (for) help from the county,” Rodriguez said.

It was quite the firefight with the help of Miami-Dade firefighters. A total of 50 firefighters worked to knock down the fire, which displaced 10 families, according to Hialeah Fire Rescue.

Rodriguez said it is a total loss for the units.

“But we were able to protect the units around,” he said.

Officials said the fire started in one of the front units and quickly spread to the joint units in the back. Firefighters at the scene were able to get everyone out of their homes with no injuries. No injuries to firefighters were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The American Red Cross is now assisting the families that were displaced.


About the Author:

Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.