Hallandale Beach family loses home, 7 pets to fire

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A Hallandale Beach family lost both their property and several pets after the mobile home went up in flames.

The two homeowners were able to escape from the mobile home fire on Northeast Seventh Street and Third Avenue, but the homes were completely destroyed.

“They lost some of their most prized possessions, which were their animals, so they had a couple of their animals that perished in the fire,” said Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue Chief Mark Ellis.

One victim suffered an injury to her hand after attempting to save the pets.

“One of the young ladies got some scratches trying to get in to save her animals, but they were unable to do that,” Ellis said.

Raven Lecoq, the sister of the victim, said a mother and daughter lived together in the home.

“They lost two dogs, four cats, a fish. I mean they lost all their pets. They’re lucky to be alive,” said Lecoq. “I mean they lost everything. There’s nothing, absolutely nothing.”

Lecoq said she rushed over immediately after she learned about the fire.

“It’s very difficult. I definitely feel their pain. I was close to their animals. It’s very unfortunate when you lose everything that you own,” she said. “That’s such a loss, especially with pets. It’s very difficult.”

The Red Cross is providing temporary housing for the victims.

A GoFundMe page was also set up for the victims.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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