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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A family of three is left without a home on Easter Sunday after a fire tears through their home in Northeast Miami.

“As units were arriving they could see a heavy amount of smoke that was blanketing the street and flames coming from the rear of this house.  As fire crews made their way in, we had initial reports of an elderly person possibly inside,” said City of Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.

City of Miami Fire rescue says the blaze broke out at a home off NE 82nd Terrace and 7th Ave. right before 9:45 a.m. while the family was at church.

While crews tried to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby homes, other firefighters searched the place to see if anyone was inside.

“During the search we did find an elderly man that lives in the back of the house separate from the house itself that was fine and we escorted him to a safer area,” said Carroll.

Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control in about 15 minutes but would later find the family’s dog did not make it.

“Firefighters did a search of the house.  They found this small dog, brought the dog outside and attempted to revive the dog but were unsuccessful,” said Carroll.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters say no foul play is suspected.

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