Two Florida Firefighters Injured Battling Brush Fire

Both firefighters were sent to Baptist Hospital in West Kendall after suffering smoke inhalation.


Two firefighters were sent to the hospital Tuesday morning after battling a brushfire in West Kendall near 137th Avenue and 112th Street, according to the Miami-Dade Fire Department.

They were sent to Baptist Hospital in West Kendall because of smoke inhalation, officials said.

A 911 call came in at 1:05 a.m. after the fire had sparked Monday afternoon. Officials don't think the fire was started intentionally.

No homes were evacuated Tuesday morning but people are urged to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors shut.

"It is not under control, however we do have a perimeter set up," said Erik Della Catena, a Miami-Dade fire spokesman. "There is no forward progress, but our main concern is that it does not affect any homes."

The fire, in the 30-acre Boystown Pineland County Park and Camp Matecumbe, is near a Boy Scout camp , apartment complex, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and School and Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. More than 60 firefighters were on the scene Tuesday morning.

Authorities say 15 mph winds caused the fire to spread.

About 700 homes in the area were without power after fire officials asked Florida Power & Light to turn the power off, according to the utility.

"The fire department asked us to deenergize the affected area so that it affects the minimum amount of people possible," said Alys Daly, an FPL spokeswoman.

Authorities told CBS4 they are watching the wind and hoping for rain.

According to the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade, winds will increase through the day and could reach 15-20 mph. There is smoke in the area and burning embers are of concern.

"As long as we protect people's lives, we are good," Della Catena said "But right now it's not being wound down. It is still at its peak."

Although Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Elementary School was announced to be closed, the 792 polling precinct at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 11291 SW 142 Ave., remains open for GOP primary.

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