Little Havana - Flagami

Apartment fire kills one, displaces residents in Little Havana

A two-story Miami apartment building caught fire Friday afternoon leading to one fatality and displacing residents.

The blaze started at about 4 p.m. at 136 NW 7th Ave. and took nearly two hours for firefighters to put out. Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Ignatius Carroll said workers and neighbors attempted to save the unidentified male victim but the smoke was too powerful.

“We believe he was heard screaming in the building by some of the other residents,” Carroll said. “A woman tried to help him out but the intense smoke overcame her and she got out of there.”

No other residents or firefighters were injured and fire rescue workers are unsure of where the fire started or what caused it. Neighboring homes did not suffer any damage.

Carroll said the State Fire Marshal’s office, Miami Fire Rescue and the Miami police department will handle the investigation.

The Red Cross is also assisting the displaced residents, Carroll said.