Investigators working to pinpoint cause of fatal condo fire in Northwest Miami-Dade

 

asteward@miamiherald.com

Fire officials on Thursday continued to investigate the the cause of a fire that killed a mother and two children inside a Northwest Miami-Dade condo.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Jimmy Bou Nassar said smoke inhalation was likely responsible for the deaths of Katrena Williams, 42, a veteran Miami-Dade County transit worker, and her children, Makayla Williams, 12, and Vincent Williams Jr., 3.

The Williams family lived in a third-floor unit at Country Lane Apartments, 17000 NW 67th Ave., on the edge of Miami Lakes in unincorporated Miami-Dade. Williams’ husband, Vincent Williams Sr., was working a midnight shift as a rail structural repair worker at the time of the fire.

While authorities are not ready to divulge a cause, a pot left on a hot stove likely played a factor. The charred pot was visible through the apartment’s shattered window early Wednesday.

Irma Matos, the property manager of the complex, said the smoke detectors in each unit were inspected within the last two months. County records show Miami-Dade Fire Rescue inspectors visited the complex in April.

According to Miami-Dade Police, final reports from investigators aren’t yet available. Autopsy results will be released after the medical examiner's report.

Makayla was a middle school student at Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes. Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said the school has reached out to Vincent Williams Sr. and plans to present him with mementos to remember his daughter.

Matos said this is her first experience with a fire of this magnitude.

“In the 30 years I’ve been managing properties, this is the first time there’s been a fire with fatalities,” she said.

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