WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Dozens of people were rescued from an apartment complex in West Palm Beach after Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds significantly damaged the roofs of two buildings, including one that caught fire, city officials said.
Mayor Thomas Masters said in a video posted to his Facebook page Sunday evening that a tenant at the Stonybrook Apartments called him and said the storm had damaged the building’s roof and water was flowing into the several units.
The city had earlier decided to take all public safety vehicles off the road due to strong winds, Masters said, but the courageous firefighters decided to put themselves in harm’s way to save lives, including children. (For more information on the rescue and other West Palm Beach stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)
Roof off the building at Stoney Brook crews onscene video Courtesy of PIO Watson pic.twitter.com/4Merz3Aycw— RBFR PIO-87 (@RBFRPIO87) September 10, 2017
RBFR & RBPD working to evacuate approximately 35 people from a unsafe structure @ Stony Brook Apartments. Video courtesy of PIO Watson pic.twitter.com/d4iWmlwgGF— RBFR PIO-87 (@RBFRPIO87) September 10, 2017
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Firefighters and police arrived Sunday evening in an armored SWAT vehicle and found two buildings with significant roof damage. A fire had started at one of the buildings. Masters said about 60 people were rescued. Several young parents with babies were among those saved.
"I can report to you that everybody is safe. Everybody had been evacuated because of the incident," he said.
Photo credit: Screenshot of Riviera Beach Fire Rescue Twitter post