A fire in a Hialeah apartment building took the life of one person and sent three others, including a police officer, to the hospital early Monday morning, according to Hialeah Fire Rescue.
The fire at the two-story building at 1025 W. 76th St. began shortly before 3 a.m., said Hialeah Fire Rescue Capt. Cesar Espinosa.
The person who died, along with two others hospitalized, “were all in the same unit,” Espinosa said.
A police officer was also taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure after complaining about shortness of breath.
“He was near the apartment,” Espinosa said. “He made an attempt to remove one of the victims.”
Residents have been allowed back into the building.
The cause of the fire remains unclear, Espinosa said, adding that “the damage was too extensive to tell” where it started.
Authorities are investigating.
Meanwhile, across town Coral Gables Fire Rescue responded to a kitchen fire on the 10th floor of a high-rise at 600 Biltmore Way at 5: 30 a.m. No one was injured.