Downed power lines cause massive fire at SW Miami-Dade body shop

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - At least 11 cars went up in flames after a massive fire broke out in front of a body shop in Southwest Miami-Dade, Friday afternoon.

Car owners came to pick up their vehicles from H&M Auto Body, located off Southwest 69th Court, but left in shock. “Oh, my God,” said one woman as she arrived to inspect her the remains of her car.

“A huge explosion,” said witness Enrique Risco. “It was horrible. It really was bad.”

The blaze left behind at least 11 charred cars at the shop where Florida Power and Light crews and firefighters arrived to the scene.

7Skyforce HD hovered over the shop as crews tended to the burned vehicles.

Firefighters said they got a call that live wires had landed on the cars and ignited the blaze. Crews said it caused major problems as they worked to save the vehicles from further damage.

Foam lined the street where the fire was extinguished.

“I was coming to pick up my car, and I noticed a lot of firefighters,” said car owner Gilani Tabia.

Tabia wanted to pick her 2015 Cadillac that had just been repaired, only to find out that it was consumed by the flames. “I noticed my car was burnt. It was burnt, so I’m in shock.”

Witnesses said it only took a matter of moments for flames to tear through and destroy the cars.

FPL crews worked into the night to get the wires off the ground and restore power to nearby neighbors.

“I’m just glad everyone’s safe and it was just material stuff,” said Tabia.

The massive fire caused a hazmat situation due to chemicals that could have been present at the body shop.

The shop’s owner declined to comment about the blaze. There is no word on whether insurance will cover the damaged vehicles.

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