The way to assist residents after condominium fireplace in Miami Gardens

A major fire at a two-story, 75-unit apartment building in Miami Gardens displaced more than 100 people this weekend, according to authorities.

Although there were no deaths reported Saturday at the New World Condominium, 395 NW 177th St., heavy fire damage and a partial roof collapse indicate that the road to recovery for many families will be an uphill battle.

As of Sunday, 56 people and three pets were staying at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens — where they are receiving food and shelter, according to the American Red Cross.

Another 15 residents have signed up to receive such services.

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If you want to help out the victims, here’s a few options to consider.

American Red Cross

There are many ways you can donate to the Red Cross:

  • Visit
  • Call 1-800-435-7669. For Spanish speakers, call 1-800-257-7575. TDD operator: 1-800-220-4095.
  • Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance.
  • Mail a donation form to American Red Cross PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037-0839.

For more information, including other ways to donate, visit

The Red Cross is also looking for people to help at its shelters. To become a volunteer, visit

People impacted by the apartment blaze are encouraged to call the Red Cross 24/7 line at 1-800-733-2767, or visit the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Omar is a bilingual and bicultural journalist, covering breaking news in South Florida for the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in education from the Universidad de Puerto Rico en Río Piedras.

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