Miami grandmother found dead after fire destroys her home

A photo shows the damage at a home at 1545 NW 51st St. in Liberty City after a fire killed Monica Joachim, 68, late  Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
A photo shows the damage at a home at 1545 NW 51st St. in Liberty City after a fire killed Monica Joachim, 68, late Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

A Liberty City grandmother died Tuesday trapped inside her burning home by wrought-iron security bars.

Monica Joachim, 68, was discovered inside the home about 7 p.m. by Miami Fire Rescue crews responding to the blaze at 1545 NW 51st St.

Neighbors, a Miami police officer and firefighters tried to pry open the iron-gate on the front door of the house to help get the woman out, but heavy smoke and the heat from the flames overpowered them, said fire rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll. The home’s windows also had security bars.

At first, it was believed there might be a child inside the home since the woman was known to babysit her grandchildren.

“It was a relief to know that no one else was in the house,” Carroll said. “It’s a shame that this woman lost her life this way.”

Carroll said the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Family members told fire rescue that the woman was believed to live in the house with her two adult sons, who were not home at the time.

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