Family displaced after fire at NW Miami-Dade home

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida woman and her three grandchildren were left without a place to call home after, officials said, a fire broke out, early Saturday morning.

Melissa Allen was still shaken hours after the incident that caused her and her loved ones to run for their lives. Luckily, everybody got out of the Northwest Miami-Dade house in time.

Allen said she’s certain about the cause of the blaze that left her home uninhabitable. “It started in my room, in the closet,” she said as she tried to hold back tears. “I had a candle burning nearby that must have fell. Oh, God.”

The homeowner said she was awake in the kitchen of the residence, just off Northwest Eighth Avenue and 139th Street, when she started to smell smoke. Moments later, the smoke alarm went off.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue received the call just after 1 a.m.

Firefighters responded to the home and battled the blaze as smoke billowed from the home that sustained extensive damage, officials said.

Allen will have to find somewhere else to live, but even in the shock, she said, one thing is very clear: Her family is OK, and that is all that matters.

“My grand babies are safe. We are safe,” she said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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