An elderly woman who was trapped inside her burning southwest Miami-Dade home was hospitalized after she was rescued by firefighters Friday night, officials said.
The incident began when authorities received a report of a grass fire in the area of Southwest 132nd Street and 92nd Avenue around 10:15 p.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jose Herrera said.
When firefighters arrived, they found a large amount of smoke and realized it wasn't a grass fire but was coming from a nearby townhome. Firefighters found the home had an iron gate which they had to break through, Herrera said.
Once the firefighters broke through the door, they found the woman, who is about 70, struggling to get out on the other side, Herrera said. She was rushed to a nearby hospital suffering from smoke inhalation but was in stable condition, Herrera said.
After getting the woman out, firefighters found the blaze had "significantly spread" and was venting through a roof at the back of the townhouse, Herrera said.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to any of the surrounding homes. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Herrera said.
"When I came out there was a lot of smoke," next door neighbor Juloy Guerrero said. "I actually thought all the houses were gonna be burned down, it was a scary moment."