Good Samaritans save man trapped inside warehouse fire
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two Good Samaritans ran to save a man trapped inside a warehouse engulfed by flames.
Cell phone video captured thick flames shooting out of the roof of the warehouse along Northwest 21st Avenue and 141st Street, just before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Joseph Nelson and Anthony Alcindor said they heard someone screaming for help and immediately sprang into action. "We didn't know what was inside. If it was hazardous material, chemical. We didn't know what it was," said Alcindor, one of the men who helped saved the man. "I was kind of nervous going in, but someone had to do it, and we did it."
Nelson and Alcindor work at a party rental shop next door. "I ran in, I went to go see if everything was OK ... he was trying to put out the fire with his hands, and that wasn't working, and I ran, got a fire extinguisher, ran back and tried to put it out," said Alcindor.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on scene and managed to gain control of the flames, but the fire remained active inside.
Jack Labissiere is the owner of the warehouse who was using the space to hold goods destined for Haiti. "When I opened the door I don't know, there was already fire inside," he said.
Fire officials have deemed the blaze accidental. It was caused by an over-loaded power strip.
Labissiere said he is heartbroken after all of his goods for Haiti were destroyed. "I had a lot of things, sewing machine, and everything I got a lot of stuff."
The Fire Marshal and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are now cleaning up the mess, hauling debris and destroyed goods out of the burned warehouse.
No one was injured, and no businesses were affected.
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