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Body discovered after firefighters called to rubbish fire in northeast Miami-Dade

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade firefighters discovered a body Friday morning after responding to a rubbish fire.

The fire was reported behind a building in the area of 18941 NE First Place.

One woman who lives in the area told Local 10 News reporter Annaliese Garcia that she woke up around 5 a.m. and saw flames, so she called the fire department.

“A body burnt? (It’s) something you hear in a movie,” she said. “I hope people find out who was burnt in that fire because that’s not right.”

A source close to the investigation told Garcia that the person they found was likely dead before the body was burned.

“You don’t normally wake up to something like this. We all have kids around here -- a bunch of old people,” the woman said.

No other details were immediately confirmed by authorities.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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About the Authors:

Annaliese Garcia joined Local 10 News in January 2020. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism. She began her career at Univision. Before arriving at Local 10, she was with NBC2 (WBBH-TV) covering Southwest Florida. She's glad to be back in Miami!

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.