Miami-Dade County

1 dead, 1 hospitalized in Miami apartment fire

One person died and another was injured in an apartment fire Saturday morning in Miami.

Fire rescue workers said the fire broke out at about 4 a.m. in a third-floor unit of an apartment building at 1800 SW 25th St.

One woman, reportedly 83 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. An official cause of death has not been released, but officials said smoke inhalation was a strong possibility because she was not badly burned. She was in the apartment with her caretaker, who was taken to Ryder Trauma Center with burns on her arms. The caretaker is in her mid-60s, according to city officials.

An official said that some residents of the apartment building tried entering the elderly woman’s apartment to rescue her. They also tried using the building’s fire extinguishers to put out the blaze, but to no avail. The building was evacuated for about two hours while firefighters cleared the scene.

No other residents of the apartment building sustained any injuries.

Miami police have not yet released the names of the victims and the condition of the caretaker was not known.

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