Miami (CBS Miami) — Multiple people are displaced after a fire destroyed their rental multi-unit home in northeast Miami-Dade.
The fire first erupted in the building on the corner of Northeast 182nd Terrace and 25th Place around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The flames then re-ignited Wednesday around 5:45 a.m. after firefighters had cleared the scene and as displaced families gathered their belongings.READ MORE: Attorney For Key Ally Of Venezuela Leader's Nicolas Maduro Called His Extradition To The US Illegal
“There was smoke everywhere,” said Eduardo Antamirano, who lived in one of the units. “It’s devastating, really devastating. Because I think I lost everything.”
Antamirano told CBS4 he was able to get out safely along with his wife, son, daughter, and 2-year-old granddaughter. He said seven people lived in the multi-unit building.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Christopher True said the layout of the house made the fire difficult to fight.READ MORE: Haiti Gang With Past Abductions Blamed For Kidnapping Missionaries
“Due to the layout of the house. There were multiple roofs. There was damage to previous roofs and they just built on top of it. So, that made it a little more difficult,” Chief True said on Wednesday morning.
He added the first fire started in a kitchen and the second fire appeared to come from a back bedroom.
Antamarino said the building’s landlord is helping the displaced people find a new home.MORE NEWS: Miami Police Investigate Bomb Threat
The cause of the fires is under investigation.