2 Florida Kids Escape Fire

Two Hollywood children and their dogs escaped without injury from their Hollywood home after a fire started in the carport.


Two Hollywood children and their dogs escaped without injury from their Hollywood home after a fire started in the carport.

The 10-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy were at the home at 7171 Park St. after 3 p.m. when the boy smelled smoke.

He had been cooking something in the oven, according to Hollywood Fire-Rescue spokesman Matt Phillips, so he checked to see if the smell was coming from there. The food was not on fire.

But then he saw a glow through the window of a door that leads to the home's carport. He lifted the blinds.

''All he could see was fire,'' Phillips said.

The teen, his sister and the family dogs made it out of the house and went to a neighbor, who called 911 at 3:07 p.m.

Firefighters contained the blaze, which had spread up into the roof, in about 20 minutes, Phillips said. The carport was destroyed and the house severely damaged.

A neighboring home sustained minor damage.

Investigators were looking into the cause of the fire Tuesday but did not see anything suspicious, Phillips said.

A smoke detector, although melted in the fire, was still going off after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Distributed by the Associated Press