Florida Woman, Dogs Die in Fire


A woman and two of her dogs died after a fire broke out in a Pembroke Park mobile home on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters from Hallandale Beach and the Broward Sheriff's Office battled the blaze at a single-wide mobile home in the 100 block of Steven Street, west of Interstate 95 and north of Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

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Officials said it took only minutes for the flames to spread throughout the mobile home. Neighbors noticed the fire and tried to alert the woman, but the flames and smoke were too intense for them to go inside.

"(They were) knocking on the windows and the door. They don't know if she's there, so (someone) said, 'The lady, she's there,'" said neighbor Fernando Caldona.

Hallandale Beach firefighters arrived at the home first and found the woman inside alive but unconscious. After taking her outside and beginning CPR, rescuers transported her to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition.

The woman, whom BSO identified as 50-year-old Bambilyn Torra, later died.

Two of Torra's three dogs also died in the fire. The third dog survived, and officials said they might need to take it to an animal shelter, Local 10's Terrell Forney reported.

Firefighters extinguished the flames, although fighting the fire was problematic from the start.

"There's a heavy fire load inside that mobile home. There's a lot of clutter, floor to ceiling, so that made for an intense fire," said Mike Jachles of BSO.

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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