No one was seriously hurt, although one person was sent to the hospital as a precaution for treatment for smoke inhalation. Families were caught unaware at about 3:45am when fire began to eat away at the apartment building.
Resident Vanessa Pisano recalled, "The boys, like mama, mama, wake up, wake up. When I see out my window, I see all the fires, the fire department. It had really started. It was big already."
"There's a lot of stuff you can't really replace, like pictures, all the stuff we had, but like I said, just start over," said resident Juve Alvear.
The Red Cross is on hand to assist at least six families. Two of the apartments were vacant.
In addition to the eight apartments that were destroyed, the other units sustained smoke and water damage.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by arson officials.