Detectives are investigating murder cases after a person’s body was found in a firefighter’s house that was devastated by flames in Homestead on Tuesday.
An Indiana firefighter was injured in an apartment fire early Monday.
The fire broke out shortly after 5:10 a.m. in a unit on the first floor of a multi-family home just north of downtown Fort Wayne, the news outlet reports. The crews could contain the apartment flames, but other units suffered damage from smoke and water.
A firefighter was brought to the hospital after being injured in the fire. No details have been released as to the nature of the injury or how it occurred.
All the residents of the apartments managed to escape the burning structure safely. Officials believe the fire started due to an electrical problem, according to reports.
Each profession carries degrees of security risk. At the scene of an intense fire, on the way to or from a fire, or during training, firefighters can be injured and possibly killed. Every year, tens of thousands of firefighters are injured while fighting fires, rescuing people, responding to medical emergencies and incidents involving hazardous materials, or training for their job.
Annually, from 2015 to 2017, there were approximately 63,000 injuries from firefighters resulting from all types of fire department duties.1,2 Of these injuries, 25,975 occurred in the fire field or were considered related fire (includes structural fires, vehicle fires, exterior fires, etc.). Another 4,525 injuries have occurred during the response or return from an incident, including, but not limited to, fires.3,4,5 While the majority of injuries are minor, a significant number are debilitating and career progression off. These injuries cost firefighters dearly.
From the need to regulate staffing levels and rotations to accommodate injuries to the fire department’s focus on injury prevention, injury and prevention are significant concerns. Besides, the fire department has done a lot to improve the safety of firefighters. Health and safety initiatives for firefighters, the incident chain of command, training, and protective equipment are just a few areas where time, energy, and resources are well spent. However, by its very nature, fighting fires is a dangerous profession. Injuries can and do happen.
In an incident in Miami-Dade, fire crews responded around 1 p.m. after the fire broke out in a house in block 1200 of Northwest 18th Street.
After firefighters put out the fire, they discovered the body, Miami-Dade police officials said.
The officials did not disclose the identity of the person. Homicide investigators were responding to the scene.
A woman was killed in a fire that ravaged a North Miami home on Tuesday, family members said.
Neighbors said they heard a loud explosion and saw the 120th Northwest Terrace house on fire at around 3:30 a.m.
A man who said he lived in the house with his mother and elderly grandmother said he first tried to save his grandmother and get her out safely.
He said he had tried to return to save his mother, but the flames were too intense. He said she didn’t make it.
North Miami police officials confirmed that a 54-year-old woman was killed as a result of the fire. His identity has not been released, and police said it was unclear whether his death was due to smoke inhalation or burns.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials have given few details other than the fact that they have transported a person to the hospital from the scene.
NBC 6 has the latest information from the scene where at least one person was killed, and many more inside were hospitalized.
A neighbor said he smelled smoke, and a few seconds later, he heard a loud explosion. Another neighbor said a gas tank could have caused it.
Residents said firefighters worked quickly to contain and extinguish the flames.
“There is fire, fire, fire, and when I look out the window, I saw it, and there was a big boom, and I don’t know what happened inside, if there was a gas tank or not,” one resident said.
Another resident said she heard that the son was trying to reach his mother.
“I heard the noise, and the young guy was yelling ‘my mom, my mom!'” Beathise Lafosse said. “I don’t know what’s going on. I open the window, I see the fire.”
Officials said it appeared the blaze’s cause was electrical, but it is still under investigation.