The Miami Fire Department confirms that 16 adults and 6 children have been displaced by a raging fire in a building that housed several families.

These images were taken by Miami firefighters during the three hours it took them to bring the blaze under control at a wooden structure at 6th Street and 13th Avenue in Little Havana.

At 4:15 p.m., they received calls for help for the fire that broke out on the second floor of the house divided into several apartments.

Lt. Pete Sanchez, of the department. Miami Fire Department says:

“It is very difficult because putting out a fire in a wooden house is very difficult first because the fire is burning quite strongly. Then we arrived at the scene and there was a lot of smoke coming from the second floor”

Luckily no one was inside when they arrived.

“We also put firefighters on the roof to drill ventilation holes to quell the smoke and flames. We also had a lot of smoke.”

The house is divided into about six units including a separate house at the back.

“So all of these people are unfortunately going to be displaced either by the damage or by the water because the water got into the other units because we were on the roof.”

The firefighters called the Red Cross to come to the aid of the inhabitants, some of whom lost all their belongings.

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