MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - An investigation continues after a mobile home fire in Miami Gardens left a man injured.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the home off Ives Dairy Road near 199th Street and 37th Avenue, sometime before 6 a.m., Thursday.
“It was horrible,” said an anonymous neighbor. “It really was.”
According to officials, the man who lives in the mobile home, who neighbors call “Jose,” was hurt but was alert when he was taken to the hospital. The extent of Jose’s injuries remain unknown.
“My husband woke me up because the fire was next door — we know that’s our neighbor, Jose,” said Tamara Firinas, the victim’s neighbor.
Firinas who has been talking to Jose throughout the morning said she has two of his three puppies — one is missing. There is fear that Jose’s other pets did not make it out of the fire alive.
“Fortunately, he’s OK,” she said. “He’s at Memorial West. His puppies are OK. They’re with me.”
7Skyforce flew over the scene early Thursday morning, where heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the roof. “Given the circumstances, there’s not much left of the house,” said neighbor Alexie Marrero. “It’s pretty sad.”
As a result, Ives Dairy Road was shut down east and westbound at 37th Avenue. It has since reopened but parts of the neighborhood remain blocked off.
“It was a little bit scary because when we came out, the fire was already really big,” said Firinas.
Firefighters have since put out the blaze.
“He was scared that the trailer was right next to him would be on fire, but they controlled it on time,” said Firinas.
However, the home was completely gutted by the flames and has been deemed unsafe and a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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