Apartment building fire in Deerfield Beach displaces residents



Broward County firefighters battled a major apartment building fire late Monday night that caused the evacuation of scores of residents.

As of midnight, more than 30 firefighters from several agencies were working the two-alarm blaze, said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.

The two-alarm fire started in a second-floor back bedroom, Jachles said early Tuesday morning. The fast-moving fire went through the roof of the Deerfield Palms complex, in the 300 block of 13th Place in Deerfield Beach.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the apartment and the adjacent units on each side. Several other apartments had smoke and water damage.

The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes.

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team was activated to help about 25 displaced residents. No injuries were reported.

Units from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and the Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale fire departments responded.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

The state fire marshal and local fire inspectors will investigate once the fire is out, Jachles said.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

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