MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – A heartbroken homeowner is spending her Sunday afternoon trying to figure out how she’s going to start over again after a fire destroyed her Miramar home and everything inside.
Trina Bell is a 911 dispatcher at the Broward Sheriffs Office, but on Saturday, she had her own emergency.
“It was fully engulfed and I thought maybe I could do something like get a bucket. There was nothing. There was nothing I could do,” said Trina Bell. “All I have is what I have on and the shoes I had in my truck.”
Bell was fast asleep after having finished her 3:00 a.m. shift when the blaze broke out.
“I was upstairs sleeping and my grandson and nephew were downstairs, and my grandson ran upstairs and said, ‘Ma! The house is on fire,'” she said.
And just as she went to grab the phone to call 911, the fire quickly spread.
“As I was going down the steps I couldn’t see,” she continued. “So I took a deep breath and I just kept stepping and I held my breath and I kept feeling for the steps to get down, and the soot and the ashes kept hitting me.”
Firefighters who responded to the home, off S.W. 50th Street and 158th Avenue, had to not only put out the flames but keep it from spreading the houses next door.
While she’s thankful her 11-year-old grandson and 5-year-old nephew made it out safely, she has lost everything she owned, including at least one of her pets.
“We have two dogs, they ran. My two cats, one of them didn’t make it,” she said. “We don’t know where the other one is.”
Miramar Fire Rescue and the Red Cross are now working with the family to find them a place to stay.