Welll-Known Davie Family's Home Caught Fire While Owners Were Attending Mother's Funeral

The home of one of Broward County's most well-known families caught fire Sunday night while they were attending the funeral of the homeowner's mother.

Fire crews from both Davie and Broward County Fire Rescue responded to the scene off SW 61st Avenue, dealing with a blaze they believe started in the attic and spread through the home. Several people inside at the time were able to get out safely.

Two of the firefighters, both from Davie’s force, were hospitalized with heat related injuries, but both were treated and released.

The home’s owner, Rebecca Griffin, said the family had been attending the wake of her mother when they got the call about the fire. Her mother, 88-year-old Mayme - who married Howard Griffin, one of the eight children born to Al and Anna Griffin - died last week.

The Griffin family is one of the most well-known in both Broward County and the city of Davie. Griffin Road is named for Al and Anna, who owned property on the road before dying in a car accident in 1937.

Several of their children went on to run businesses in the city, serve in public office and were involved in both Catholic and Methodist churches in the area. Howard Griffin, who lived in the home, is the last surviving child. 

Rebecca Griffin said they are now staying with other family members and believe the fire was electrical, claiming lights had been flickering and dimming in the home throughout the week.

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