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Dramatic body cam footage shows officers rescuing woman from burning home

Video shows cops rescuing couple from house fire

The Miami Beach Police Department released bodycam footage showing a pair of Miami Beach police officers rescuing a couple from a burning home on April 9, 2018.
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The Miami Beach Police Department released bodycam footage showing a pair of Miami Beach police officers rescuing a couple from a burning home on April 9, 2018.

Shelly Spitz turned her slow cooker on, left it on her stove and went to sleep.

The slow cooker, police say, somehow caught fire sending billowing smoke out of the apartment.

Miami Beach K-9 officer Alex Llaneras, who was on patrol, spotted the smoke coming from an apartment on 4510 Post Ave. and rushed to help. When he banged on the front door, Manishjay Spitz, Shelly's husband, answered the door. He told Llaneras that his wife was stuck inside.

Meanwhile, another officer, Ralph Vera, came to help.

On Tuesday, the department released dramatic body-cam footage from the Monday rescue that shows the pair rushing in to save Shelly Spitz, who police say is legally blind.

The two walked quickly through the dark smoke-filled house calling out for her. One can be heard saying ".... I can't see anything." The officer can be heard coughing as makes his way to the woman.

Shelly Spitz can be heard screaming "Where are you?"

The video shows them leading the woman outside.

Police say both officers and the couple were treated for smoke inhalation. The house suffered severe smoke damage, police say.

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