Elderly woman saved from burning home
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Rescue crews helped an elderly woman make a fire escape after flames broke out at a South Florida home.
Smoke and flames poured into the sky over Southwest Miami-Dade near 131st Street and 93rd Avenue. "I actually heard the little beep sound," said Jully Guerrero, "and that's how I found out and came out, and there was a lot of smoke."
As firefighters arrived to the townhouse community, neighbors called 911 and took pictures as the flames raged. "When the truck got in the area, they saw significant amount of smoke," said Battalion Chief Jose Herrera, "and the they investigated a little bit further and found there was actually smoke coming from actually one of the townhouses."
Flames shot through the roof and rescuers noticed a heavy iron gate kept the house tightly locked from the front. "They broke through the door," said Herrera, "and as soon as they broke through the door, they actually saw an elderly female trying to get out on the other side."
"This lady was trapped in this house, and she couldn't get out," said Guerrero.
Firefighters have long argued that metal security doors are not safe for homes should it catch fire. "People put these iron gates on, but they can actually be death sentences if we don't recognize the fact that somebody is trapped," said Herrera.
An 82-year-old woman lived alone in the home and was too weighed down by thick black smoke to make it out of her burning house on her own.
Firefighters concentrated on getting her out of the home first. "Firefighters saved her life," said Guerrero, "so we are proud of that." But the fire destroyed the inside of her home quickly. "I thought all the houses were going to be burned down," added Guerrero.
Fast-working firefighters knocked down the flames before they could get to any of the attached houses.
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