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Fire in Miami Gardens apartment complex leaving hundreds displaced

Hundreds of people had to evacuate their homes due to the colossal fire in Miami Gardens

Nearly two hundred individuals were forced to evacuate their homes in Miami Gardens as a fire broke out and quickly spread through an apartment complex, destroying dozens of apartments.

10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the New World Condominium Apartments caught fire. The fire in Miami Gardens drew the attention of Miami Gardens Police Department and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department who rushed to the scene minutes after it went ablaze.

Here's what we know about this alarming incident this far:

Hundreds of apartments burnt down after fire in Miami Gardens

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the fire in Miami Gardens broke out in a second-floor apartment at about 10:30 a.m., but due to the high winds, it swiftly spread to other apartments. The building's roof gave way and caused a lot of damage.

About half of the building's 75 flats were damaged, and at least 105 individuals have been forced to leave their homes and belongings behind. No fatalities or injuries have been reported as yet. The Homeless Trust and the Red Cross are helping individuals affected to figure out what to do next.

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Speculations about the apartment buildings' safety

 Officials are still trying to determine what started the fire and if any of the recent roof repairs contributed to its rapid spread. Building inspections have revealed serious safety concerns. At one point during the daylong firefight, a section of the building's roof gave way. Most of the units were completely wiped out by the partial roof collapse, water damage, smoke and fire, and other issues.

Investigations into the building's safety are currently ongoing. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava was among the prominent local leaders that came out to extend their support.

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