Man, Several Cats Escape Large Morning Fire Inside Kendall Townhouse - NBC 6 South Florida

Man, Several Cats Escape Large Morning Fire Inside Kendall Townhouse

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    Man, Cats Escape Kendall Townhouse Fire

    NBC 6's Darryl Forges has more on the scene from the early morning blaze that damaged several homes in the area.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018)

    Police say an elderly man and several of his cats were able to escape an early morning fire inside a townhome in Kendall Thursday.

    Crews arrived at the scene near Southwest 116th Terrace and 113th Avenue just before 5:45 a.m. to deal with the two-alarm blaze that spread to other townhouses nearby.

    Firefighters were able to contain the fire and put it out shortly before 7 a.m.

    "It was tremendous, it was 30 feet high," said Mario Mier, a neighbor who woke up to fire crews putting out the blaze. "It was so powerful in the backyard that it was scary."

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay told reporters that neighbors got the man and his pets out of their home before it was too late.

    The homeowner told NBC 6 that he had six cats and three of them are fine - but fears the other three may have died in the fire.

    Lay said a total of four homes were damaged, with two of the units destroyed.

    The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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