Firefighters Rescue Woman From South Miami House Fire

The fire began in the kitchen, according to a fire official.

By Karen Franklin
|  Saturday, Apr 7, 2012  |  Updated 11:25 AM EDT
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Firefighters rescued an elderly woman from a South Miami house fire they say began in the home's kitchen, a fire official said.

Rescue pulled the victim out of the home late Friday night, which is located on SW 62 Avenue and 62 Street, and transported her to a local area hospital where she is in stable condition, according to Lt. Eric Hernandez. A man living in the home was outside when rescue arrived.

Authorities said the kitchen fire extended through the roof and caused severe damage, making the home unlivable.

"There was smoke and fire billowing out of the back of the home and [firefighters] were able to come in through the front and make progress through the house as they were knocking down the fire," Hernandez said.

A total of four engines and two rescue vehicles responded to the home. Investigators were also on scene to identify the cause of the fire.

"I just saw a lot of smoke and fire, and I mean really fire, burning, and it was just coming up," said neighbor Bertha Walker.

Hernandez said they will be working with the American Red Cross to help relocate the family.
 

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