Woman, infant burned in Lauderhill apartment fire

A woman and an infant were burned in a Lauderhill apartment fire Thursday night that displaced several residents and took almost 45 minutes to contain, officials say.

A little before 9 p.m., Lauderhill Fire Rescue arrived at the scene of a fire in an apartment on the fourth floor of a building in the 2000 block of Northwest 56th Avenue, Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Levy said in a media release. Heavy smoke billowed out as people evacuated the building.

Crews requested additional assistance, and Sunrise Fire Rescue and Tamarac Fire Rescue arrived to help. It took the firefighters nearly 45 minutes to control the fire and extinguish it, Levy said.

A woman and a baby were burned in the fire. The baby suffered a minor burn to the arm, while the woman was transported to Broward Health Medical Center with second-degree burns to her arm. She is in stable condition.

The release did not identify the victims or say whether they were related.

Though the fire was contained to only the one apartment, three other apartments had water damage as a result, Levy said. Residents of all four apartments were displaced, and the American Red Cross is providing assistance.

The Lauderhill Fire Marshals Office and the State Fire Marshals Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

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