A 56-year-old woman who was found unconscious inside a burning apartment has died, Miami fire officials said Wednesday.
The woman was found unconscious on the floor of a bedroom of a duplex in the 6300 block of NW 17th Avenue when firefighters responded around 9 a.m., Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said.
Residents of the front unit of the duplex said they heard banging noises and an alarm ringing between midnight and 4:30 a.m., Carroll said.
The victim, who wasn't identified, appeared to have been attempting to get someone's attention before she passed out, Carroll said.
Janine Quinnie described the sound as, "Somebody was just knocking and knocking."
"I thought maybe someone was breaking in the house," said her husband, Anthony Quinnie.
Authorities initially said that she was found in cardiac arrest, but later said that she was found unresponsive. She was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where she later died.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire.
"At this moment we’re not sure if this death was caused because of a homicide or because of an arson," Miami Police spokesman Sgt. Freddie Cruz said.