2 dead in Apartment Fire
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Investigators are trying to learn what cause a fire that killed two people and two dogs at the St. George apartment complex in Miami Beach early Thursday.
Miami Beach Fire-Rescue Chief Javier Otero told the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/14Mfj1X ) firefighters found one victim dead inside her first floor apartment about 12:39 a.m. The other victim was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
The fire displaced 19 people, South Florida Red Cross spokeswoman Patricia Rojas.
"I was sleeping," said Ruben Veja, 22, who lived in a second-floor apartment with his parents. "People woke me, being noisy and trying to open our door."
Veja told The Herald the two dogs belonged to the victim who lived on the second floor of the Art Deco-style building. He said he had just been talking about the Miami Heat with the second-floor neighbor on Wednesday. "And today, this," he said. "It's crazy."
The fire was contained to the first floor apartment, but officials said the apartment above it suffered heavy smoke damage.
Rojas said the Red Cross was on the scene early Thursday, both assisting victims and helping residents find other accommodations.
Miami Beach and state fire investigators were combing through the rubble at the scene on Thursday. An investigation is underway.
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