The day before a young family was to move to a new home, a fire destroyed their townhome near the Opa-locka airport.
Angie Douglas, her husband and their 2-year-old child were not home Tuesday afternoon around 1 p.m. when the blaze started at the town home at Northwest 167th Street and 55th Avenue. They had already packed up their belongings for moving day. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Arnold Piedrahita said everything was destroyed.
“The rear of the townhome was completely engulfed in flames,” Piedrahita said. “We initially feared that the fire would spread to adjoining townhomes, but we were able to contain it.”
Eighty firefighters from 25 fire rescue units took 20 minutes to put the fire out. There was some water and smoke damage to one of the townhomes next door.
No one was home in the neighboring units at the time of the fire, but the Douglas family dog, a Rottweiler, was tied up in the backyard. Piedrahita said the animal managed to escape the smoke by taking shelter in the small space between two fences.
Neighbors told fire rescue that they suspected foul play sparked the fire, but Piedrahita said investigators are still looking into the cause.