MIAMI - Residents were forced to evacuate their homes early Sunday after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, authorities said.
Capt. Ignatius Carroll, a spokesman for Miami Fire-Rescue, said the fire started in the living room of a rear first-floor unit around 5:30 a.m. The man who lives in the unit managed to escape the fire by climbing out a small window, Carroll said.
A nearby surveillance camera recorded the moment the flames and smoke began pouring out of the building in the 1100 block of Northwest Fourth Street.
Paramedics transported the man to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Paramedics treated other residents on the scene.
The fire caused significant damage to the building. A total of 11 residents, including children, were displaced. The American Red Cross of South Florida is assisting the families.
Carroll said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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