LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – Lauderhill Fire Rescue worked an apartment fire Monday that they said was started by a 7-year-old boy.READ MORE: Miami Beach Police Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive, Hope To Give Someone The 'Gift Of Life'
According to fire rescue, the child was playing with a lighter in his bedroom and lit plastic on fire.
He reportedly tried to put out the fire himself with a pot of water, which caused the entire apartment at 5234 NW 19th Street to become engulfed in flames.READ MORE: Surfside Families Push For Permanent Memorial At Site Of Condo Collapse
There were five people inside the apartment at the time. A total of nine people live in the apartment.
The building has six apartments in total, and the entire building cannot be occupied for the night.
Ten people need Red Cross assistance for the night. The rest have made other accommodations.MORE NEWS: Dramatic Drop In COVID Patients At South Florida Hospitals
Lauderhill Fire Rescue said the child has been referred to a juvenile fire-setter program.