Dozens displaced after crews extinguish 2-alarm fire at Cutler Bay condo complex

CUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) - Dozens of residents have been displaced after firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire that broke out at a Cutler Bay condo complex.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene near Southwest 87th Avenue and 212th Street at around 7 p.m., Wednesday.

“When units arrived, they found there was heavy fire coming from the roof area of the apartment building,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Kirsten Miller said.

Ladder trucks were brought in to douse the flames on the roof line of the three-story building, and all of the building’s residents were evacuated. In total, 24 units from the complex were cleared out.

Bruce Lyon said he was sleeping in his bedroom when the fire broke out.

“I was in bed,” Lyon said. “My roommate woke me up and said the apartments across from us were on fire.”

The American Red Cross has been called to assist families that were affected by the fire.

7News spoke to Dellvon McIntyre, who said his unit has been left soaked with water and has been displaced as a result.

“The officer told us that there’s water damage in our houses, so we technically lost everything, but I don’t know what it is now,” McIntyre said. “They got the Red Cross over there. They’re gonna put us in a shelter. They’re trying to find it right now, but we’re just trying to go. We’re trying to leave the area right now. We’re trying to get our minds off of it right now.”

Fire officials said the incident was upgraded to a second-alarm fire because of the intensity of the flames, and around 26 units were on the scene of the blaze.

“It’s real sad, honestly. I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody,” a resident said. “It was a little sad because there was this little girl screaming. I guess she lost everything.”

No injuries have been reported.

“The Red Cross is going to work along with us to help the residents this evening,” Miller said. “This is a horrible time of year for something to happen like this. Twenty-four units of families that are displaced right before Christmas.”

7Skyforce hovered over the building and captured the damage the fire had left behind.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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