WEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - A family has been displaced and a dog was killed after a fire destroyed their West Park home.
Photos from Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue show the damaged home, and footage from a helmet camera shows firefighters putting out the flames.
A family was home at the time, however, they were able to escape without sustaining any injuries. “I don’t know how it happened,” said resident Clifford Williams. “I didn’t even know it had happened until I got home.”
Williams is now homeless after his house, located at Edmund Road and Southwest 56th Avenue, went up in flames. He now has to find somewhere else to stay. “I’m going to stay with my brother,” he said.
Firefighters pulled three dogs from the home. Unfortunately, one dog did not survive. “They did rescue the dog, the dog was unresponsive,” said Mike Jachles of Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. “They tried to resuscitate him, but unfortunately, the dog succumbed to those injuries.”
Williams said that six people lived in the home and the Red Cross has stepped in to assist.
Jachles said that not everyone makes it out of fires and it takes a special kind of person to take on the flames. “Firefighting is not a job, it’s a calling,” he said. “To put your life in harms way for somebody else for other’s lives and property. That’s what were trained to do.”
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
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