NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Fierce flames tore through a quadplex in Northeast Miami-Dade, forcing out six people, including three children.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze along the 500 block of Northeast 166th Street in the Golden Glades area, at around 1:30 a.m., Sunday.
Firefighters rushed in, shattering windows and cutting off doors in an attempt to put out the flames.
No one was injured.
Shanaria Gordon, a mother of three said she, her sister and children were sound asleep in the unit next door.
When she smelled smoke, Gordon said, her motherly instincts kicked in, and she rushed her family outside.
“My kids, that was the only thing on my mind, making sure they were out,” she said. “That’s all I worried out. I didn’t bring out no keys, no purse, nothing. I just got them.”
Volunteers with the American Red Cross assisted the six people impacted. They provided emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, including one-on-one support to connect people to available recovery assistance.
“I don’t have anywhere to go, but – that’s a good question. I’m definitely homeless now,” said Gordon.
Gordon and her loved ones returned to their home Sunday afternoon to retrieve any belongings they could salvage, but she said almost everything she owns is gone due to smoke and water damage.
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