Firefighters douse several boats, Jet Skis found burning in SW Miami-Dade field

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Florida Forest Service responded to an open field in Southwest Miami-Dade where several boats were found on fire.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews worked to put out the fire at the field, located near Southwest 157th Avenue and 172nd Street, Wednesday afternoon.

Officials worked for two hours, filling up with water from a fire hydrant along 157th Avenue before taking the trucks back to 172nd Street.

The call went out at around 1:30 p.m. Crews responded with two trucks and used bombardiers to aid in the fight against the fire.

“We were able to isolate the location in about five acres where it burned,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Eric Gonzalez. “We had trouble accessing. As you can see, there was no water supply, so that was our main issue with the brush fire out here today.”

7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene as smoke filled the air from what appears to be several boats and Jet Skis that were dumped in the field and somehow caught fire. Officials said they do not know how they caught fire.

“It took us about two hours to get it under control with the help of the Department of Forestry,” Gonzalez said. “We did lose one structure.”

Around this time of year, fires can spread quickly. A number of brush fires have ignited in the last few days in South Florida, and now the FFS is advising residents to be especially careful and try to avoid sparking any kind of wildfire.

The FFS is currently on the scene to investigate how the boats caught on fire.

There is no word on if anyone was living in that structure that burned. No injuries were reported.

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