Couple escapes, pets rescued from burning home in Miami

Firefighters: Outcome could have been worse had smoke detector not been in house

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor, Madeleine Wright - Reporter

MIAMI - A couple in their 60s has been displaced after escaping from their burning home early Monday in Miami.

Firefighters were called to a fire at a home on Northwest 52nd Street just before 3:30 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames and smoke coming from a front bedroom, Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

The couple who lived in the home got out safely, but their pets were still inside.

Firefighters rescued a cat and two dogs from the fire.

Rebecca Tynes said she and her husband lived in the home for four years. They told firefighters they were awakened by their smoke detector and saw the fire in a bedroom.

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue

A couple safely escaped from a fire on Northwest 52nd Street in Miami early Monday.

"Probably electrical," Ernest Tynes said of what he believed caused the fire at his parents' house.

He said his parents were renting and don't have renter's insurance.

Carroll said things could have been much worse.

"Had this family not had a smoke detector there, this could have had a tragic end," Carroll said.

The Tynes are now staying with their son.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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