NBC News reports that more than 70 firefighters and 38 fire trucks responded to a massive fire at the Temple Court Apartments, Miami, Florida.  The stubborn blaze was reported at approximately 8:15 AM (EST) this morning.

Lt. Pete Sanchez, Spokesperson, Miami Fire Rescue, said the building was “a wood frame structure,” which explained the “the intensity and the rapid spread of the fire.”  Sanchez said that firefighters has to rescue more than 40 mostly-elderly residents through balconies or front doors.

Temple Court Apartments management verified that one of its employees was found within the apartment complex with a gunshot wound, although there was no further information about the shooting or the employee’s condition.

The NBC News report may be read in full HERE.

The following is an NBC 6 South Florida YouTube video report from earlier today:

My brothers and sisters, this situation touched this writer’s heart, as so many elderly persons, described in the video reporting as “immobile patients” must have been horrified as their apartment complex was burning, and knowing they could not rescue themselves.

Praise God, as it appears that firefighters and police were able to rescue everyone – with some needing medical attention for smoke inhalation, etc.

Let’s pray that whoever or whatever is responsible for the fire would be determined and all appropriate actions are taken.

Psalm 33:5 (NKJV)
“He loves righteousness and justice; [t]he earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”

Let’s also pray for the wounded apartment employee, as it is possible that the fire itself could have been intentionally set to cover up a crime, or for some other reason.

Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)
“[The Lord] heals the brokenhearted [a]nd binds up their wounds.”

In the meantime, we are exceedingly grateful to God for His compassion and for the souls saved today from this fire, in Jesus’ name!

Psalm 145:8 (NKJV)
“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, [s]low to anger and great in mercy.”

Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)
What the Evil One Meant for Our Harm, God Turns for Our Good
“But as for you [Joseph’s brothers], you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

Praise Jesus forevermore!

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