Residents displaced after fire at Miami apartment building

Property manager says 4 apartments uninhabitable

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Madeleine Wright - Reporter

MIAMI - Several Miami residents were displaced Tuesday after an early morning fire at their apartment building.

The property manager told Local 10 News four apartments are uninhabitable after the fire at the apartment building on Northwest First Court near Northwest 17th Street in Miami's Overtown neighborhood.

"I'm just sad and upset," resident Larry Dowdle said.

Dowdle said he had just returned from a walk when he smelled smoke.

"When I went in the kitchen area, that's when I saw all the smoke," he said. "When I went to the neighbor, I came back. All I see is flames coming out the bedroom."

Residents got out safely. Firefighters put out the flames.

The apartments had smoke and water damage, displacing seven to eight residents.

"It's just a shame," Evelyn Johnson said.

The American Red Cross was providing temporary housing for the displaced residents.

Dowdle suspects his air-conditioning unit is to blame, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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