Teen recovering from burns suffered in Miami house fire

 

bbrasch@MiamiHerald.com

A 15-year-old teen is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital after he was seriously burned on his hands and face in a fire that gutted his family’s Miami home

When firefighters arrived before the sun came up Tuesday, they saw heavy flames and smoke coming from the front of the house. Outside the house at 253 NW 46th St., a family of four had escaped.

The teen, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, said Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Ignatius Carroll.

His mother and a 29-year-old brother were also hospitalized. Paramedics treated the father, but he refused to go to the hospital.

The family awoke to the smell of smoke and heat at 4:40 a.m. The 29-year-old woke up his father, who then woke up his wife and teen son.

The father told his family to crawl to the back door to avoid the smoke.

It took Miami Fire Rescue 25 minutes to get the fire under control, Carroll said.

The front porch was severely burned, and the whole house had smoke damage, he said.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze so it didn’t spread to the house next door, which was a mere five feet away.

The teen has “extensive burns to his hands and face,” Carroll said.

The family dog made it out safely.

Fire investigators remained at the house for several hours looking for a cause.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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