FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Three people were hospitalized Tuesday after a fire broke out at a home in Fort Lauderdale, authorities said.
The fire was reported just before noon at 1740 NW 29th Terrace.
People who live at the home said the fire started in the kitchen.
"It happened fast, so it was very unexpected," David Shannon said.
Relatives said one of their family members was boiling water on the stove when they started to smell smoke. Damage after the fire could be seen all the way up to the ceiling.
"The flames just came out of nowhere," Shannon said. "She was boiling water on the stove and two seconds, she took a phone call, and the next thing you know the house is up in flames."
Fort Lauderdale firefighters quickly went to the home and rescued three dogs and the family's birds.
Both of Shannon's grandparents and his aunt made it out on their own, but had to be taken to Plantation General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
"Three of the individuals were home at the time of the fire and were overcome by smoke when they attempted to put the fire out themselves," Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said.
Shannon said he was in a back room when the fire broke out, but it was his quick thinking that may have saved his family’s lives.
"I smelled it, I ran out and I seen the flames, and I just hurried up and turned off the stove and moved the pot," he said.
Firefighters said this is why they urge residents to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. In this case, residents had to run next door to ask a neighbor for one. By then, it was too late.
The Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.
The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.