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Teen hailed as hero, ran into burning home to rescue family members

5 people, including 2 toddlers, hospitalized after North Miami house fire

MIAMI – Five people, including two children, have been hospitalized after a house fire in Miami-Dade County.

The blaze broke out in the area of Northwest 16th Avenue and 123rd Street in North Miami.

A large presence from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was quickly at the scene to extinguish the flames.

The fire started at the one-story home about 3 p.m. Monday.

Video from Sky 10 showed several people on gurneys being taken to ambulances by rescue workers, including a woman with what appeared to be a toddler on her lap.

The child was taken by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center’s burn unit due to injuries sustained during the fire.

A child injured in a house fire is taken off a helicopter at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
A child injured in a house fire is taken off a helicopter at Jackson Memorial Hospital. (WPLG)

A 19-year-old man who also lives in the home was responsible for saving four of the individuals inside, including the child and the child’s grandparents.

According to police and family members, Ofonso Henry was sitting in a car outside the home when he said he heard a loud boom and rushed over to help after seeing the home engulfed in flames.

He ran into the burning structure knowing his one-year-old niece and two-year-old nephew were inside, as well as his parents.

“The fire had already escalated to the hallway of the room so I guess -- I don’t know. I just ran through it and grabbed the kids,” Henry said.

All five were taken to the hospital with various smoke inhalation and burn injuries, but all are expected be OK, including the child who was airlifted to JMH.

Authorities are hailing the teen as a hero, and live saver, for selflessly jumping into action to save his family.

Henry created a GoFundMe page to help the family.


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