MIAMI (WSVN) - Over a dozen people have been displaced after a fire engulfed three mobile homes in a crowded trailer park along the Miami River.
City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Northwest South River Drive and 27th Avenue at around 9 a.m. Friday.
“Single residential fire, smoke and flames showing from a distance,” said a 911 dispatcher.
7SkyForce hovered above the scene where heavy smoke could be seen coming from the trailer.
Ramon Puerto, who lives next door to the mobile home where the fire started, said he heard an explosion, and his wife saw the flames.
“[She said], ‘Ramon, move the truck move the truck! The neighbors’ trailer’s on fire,'” he said as he spoke through a translator.
Miami Fire Rescue units responded to the scene shortly after.
“When we arrived on the scene, we found multiple mobile homes fully engulfed in flames,” said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez.
A 7News viewer who was passing by on a boat recorded video of the flames and heavy smoke.
“Immediately, we began a quick fire attack and tried to extinguish multiple units simultaneously,” said Sanchez. “There was one unit that we were able to make entry into and search for victims, and luckily there were no victims inside.”
It took crews about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire.
“Because when you’re dealing with mobile homes, they have a lot of plastics and wood, and with tight areas to be able to access and these mobile homes very close to each other, it can make it a challenge,” said Sanchez.
Thirteen people, along with three dogs, are now without a home.
Officials said no one was hurt.
The American Red Cross arrived shortly after the fire was put out to help the affected families.
Puerto said he was able to save his vehicle and his construction tools, but everything else is gone.
“We have absolutely nothing, but the Red Cross is providing support. We don’t know what’s next,” he said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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