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Bathtub fell on 3 firefighters battling a blaze at an abandoned home in NW Miami-Dade

By ALEX BROWNING, BRANDON BEYER, JEFF LENNOX

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MIAMI-DADE, Florida (WSVN) – Three Miami-Dade firefighters are okay after a bathtub fell on them while they battled a raging blaze at a convict home in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The fire broke out near NW 83rd Street and 5th Courthouse, shortly before 3 a.m., Monday.

Alvin Thornton, who has lived next door since 1973, said he woke up to the smell of smoke.

“I told them, ‘Call 911,’ because it was going really fast,” he said.

The firefighters were pulled from under the tub by firefighters.

MDFR officials said no injuries were reported.

After more than three hours of fighting the flames, the flames were extinguished.

“It’s not good at all,” Gonzalez said. “The house isn’t good, so hopefully they’ll tear it down.”

Thornton said he was glad the crews worked as quickly as they did, as his home is located a few feet from where the fire broke out. He said he knew how easily his house could catch fire.

“They did a great job. I don’t think they will control it,” he said. “My mother, she was screaming. She said, ‘Hurry, hurry, hurry! It’s coming home, it’s coming home! ‘”

Crew members put foam on the house to prevent any hot spots from rekindling the flames.

Neighbors told 7News that the house had been abandoned for about a year but was always troubled by vagrants living inside.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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