Grandmother dies in house fire
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida family has been left devastated after their loved one died inside a burning home, Tuesday.
Sixty-five-year-old Monica Joachim's grandchildren had to be escorted from the scene when they crossed the police line after they heard their grandmother had died inside her burning home on Northwest 51st Street and 15th Avenue. "Firefighters could not get in through the front door, and as far as we know, she was trapped," said Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll.
Witnesses said Joachim tried to escape as her home was engulfed by flames. Nearby neighbors heard her screams. "You can hear a person screaming as the flames were coming out of there, and you can hear someone screaming in there," said neighbor Ezekiel Wallace.
Neighbors tried to jump to Joachim's rescue but were not successful. A Miami Police officer arrived on the scene and tried to break into the home but could not get inside. "Unfortunately, the smoke overcame her, and she disappeared in the smoke, and he was also overcome by the smoke as well," said Carroll.
Investigators said, with her front door locked and metal mesh over her windows, Joachim became trapped inside.
Joachim's son is in shock. "Me, myself, I'm just trying to hang in because I know I'm about to crack of how I'm feeling right now," said Archie Young.
Many neighbors have similar security bars over their doors and windows. This death has some of them reconsidering what to do with them. Elestine McKinney Allen said, "I think I'm going to have the gentlemen come in and check them and see what we can do to have an escape, you know, somewhere where we can escape if something like that would happen to us."
Late Wednesday afternoon, fire investigators determined that an electrical overload caused the fire.
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