MIAMI – One person was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center Friday morning after a fire erupted inside an apartment building in Miami, first responders confirmed.
According to Miami Fire Rescue officials, the fire was reported just before 8:30 a.m. at a vacant public housing apartment building, located at 1236 NW 63rd St.
“First arriving units observed heavy smoke showing from the corner unit of a boarded up 2-story HUD apartment structure and two people inside,” a spokesperson for the fire department stated in an email to Local 10 News.
Sky 10 was above the scene around 8:45 a.m. as the outside walls around at least two first-floor windows appeared to be charred.
Officials confirmed that a man and a woman were treated for burns and smoke inhalation by paramedics before one was transported to JMH.
According to first responders, the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes and did not spread to the adjacent unit.
Residents in the area told firefighters that homeless people will often gain access to the units.
“Fire crews cleared the other units of any occupants and confirmed with FPL the building had no power,” the spokesperson said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.