Miami-Dade police say stable fire was arson; victim identified


A man who died in a Miami-Dade stable fire over the weekend, which also claimed the lives of several horses, has been identified.

The victim was Sergio Fernandez, 47, who worked and lived on the property.

The fire broke out in a stable on a horse ranch at 15545 NW 122nd Ave. about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators have determined it was arson.

It took Miami-Dade firefighters about half an out to extinguish the fire. Chief Fire Officer Cesar Fabal says the fire was difficult to fight because there were no hydrants in the area and firefighters had to pump in water from a nearby canal.

“It’s challenging because you’re dealing with time constraints and you have to put the fire out as quickly as possible and you have to shuttle water to the scene,” explained Fabal.

After the fire was out, Fernandez’s body was discovered in the rear of the stable. At least three horses and a dog died in the blaze, several others made it out safely.

One of his horses was injured in the fire.

Firefighters said the stable is a total loss.

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