A house fire caused power to be shut off in a neighborhood and two adjacent apartment buildings to be evacuated for intense smoke early Thursday, Miami Fire Rescue said.
Despite the smoke and flames that lit the sky, there were no injuries, Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.
“Because of the amount of fire, we had to have FPL shut the grid down to this neighborhood just to make it safe for the firefighters to get back there and get a handle on what they were dealing with,” Carroll told reporters at the scene.
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The fire at 1730 NW 16th St. began after 2 a.m. People were getting out of the house — a single-family home built in 1930, according to Miami-Dade online property records — when firefighters arrived.
“Firefighters had to maneuver past burning vehicles to reach the house to begin firefighting operations,” Carroll said. “It appears a family of four adults were sleeping when the fire started. Firefighters conducted a search and were able to rescue the family dog, who refused to come out.”
What started the blaze is being investigated.