MIAMI (WSVN) - A fire broke out at a multi-unit residential building in Miami, leading to a rapid response from the City of Miami Fire Rescue Department.

The blaze was reported at around 4 a.m. Friday, at the 3000 block of Northwest 19th Avenue. When fire crews arrived, they were met with heavy flames shooting through the roof of the empty single-story structure.

Firefighters battled the flames and conducted a search of the building to make sure no one was inside. The search confirmed that the building was cleared.

Although the blaze was intense, fire crews managed to control it within 30 minutes. No injuries were reported in this incident. The building, however, sustained damage to all four units.

“Flames were so intense that the fire vented to the roof so the structure has heavy damage in the front unit, but fire did spread and so did smoke to the other adjacent units,” said Lieutenant Pete Sanchez. “So all four units are damaged to certain extents.”

7News spoke to the owner of the building, saying there were tenants inside but were evicted just a few days ago. The fire came at a time where he was in the process of selling the complex.

One resident in the neighborhood said he woke up to flames and smoke.

“It’s scary because it was so close and the flames were so big,” he said.

Carlos Contreras, another neighbor, said his son went outside to check out the fire.

“The fire department came and they started hosing it down,” he said. “Little by little it came down and they took care of it.”

He took video of the flames as they grew bigger.

“Sparks flying all over the place. Big chunks,” he said. “That was kind of scary.”

While the owner believes the cause of the fire was suspicious, the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Miami Fire Investigations Unit, which is working to determine both the origin and cause of the blaze. As for the building, it has been deemed as unsafe.

Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.

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