Fire leaves duplex residents homeless
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Fierce flames tore through a storage room and charred a scooter at a South Florida duplex, leaving several residents displaced.
The fire broke out around 7 a.m. Thursday, at Northwest Third Street and 15th Avenue.
Investigators said the fire erupted near a storage room where a scooter was sitting right outside, and they believe the bike was the intended target.
The flames gutted the entire storage room and destroyed two units, leaving the residents with no place to go. Officials have also shut off power to both units.
Luckily, no one was injured thanks to a Good Samaritan who just happened to be driving by. The man was seen banging on the windows and doors of the units near the fire. "Someone knocked on the door, I jumped up, and I was like, 'Who is it?' And he was like, 'Your house is burning down,'" said Tammy Dent.
Dent's fiancee was not home at the time but rushed home after hearing the news. "My first concern was if she and my son were out of the house," said Allen Clark.
Clark, who is the owner of the scooter, said he uses it to advertise his music business, and now, he is devastated. "I see my heart, burnt down. That was everything to me, that bike," he said. "I don't know why someone would do that to my bike."
Dent is just grateful for the stranger who decided to jump in and help. "I don't know him at all, but I'm so glad he saved me and my son."
The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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