An early morning house fire in Little Haiti on Thursday sent one person to the hospital as well as an officer who helped rescue them after they were trapped inside the home.
Fire rescue crews arrived at the home near the 100 block of Northwest 75th Street around 3 a.m., finding one person trapped inside the duplex home with security bars on the windows that were keeping them inside.
Miami Fire Rescue Capt. David Nunez said firefighters and Miami Police Department officers were able to cut down the bars and take the elderly female victim inside to the hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.
“I heard the fire so I rushed over here," said Ray Benoit, whose mother owns the home and rented it to the victim. “I’m glad she’s alive, so that’s a positive.”
A female officer involved in the rescue was also hospitalized after suffering from smoke inhalation as well, with officials telling NBC 6 she is okay at the hospital at this time.
Nunez said the fire was eventually placed under control, but not before it spread to a nearby apartment.