OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - Firefighters worked to put a large junkyard fire out in Opa-locka.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the area of Northwest 127th Street and Cairo Lane at approximately 10:30 a.m., Tuesday.
7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where the fire could be seen burning heavily as firefighters sprayed water in an attempt to put it out.
“Once they were able to make an arrival, they set up what’s called a master stream through their ladder, which is getting a large volume of water in to penetrate the fire,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Kirsten Miller.
There was a heavy smoke surrounding the area of the junkyard, as officials evacuated the area as a precaution.
Debris, that included what appeared to be several truck cabs burning, provided fuel for the fire to spread.
“Once it’s safe for businesses or people to come back in, but until then, we will keep the road closed,” said Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson.
Rescue officials said since Cairo Lane is a dirt road that only has one way in and out, it has been an extremely difficult and slow process for them to reach the fire.
“It’s a dead-end street. It’s a gravel road, so our units can’t drive as fast as they would down a regular street,” said Miller, “so they have to take it carefully.”
A total of 14 fire trucks were called to the scene to control the fire.
There were no reported injuries.
Dobson said a controlled burn is an unlikely cause for the blaze as the City of Opa-locka has not provided any permits for a business to carry one out.
He added that it would be a code violation if it was an intentional burn.
“My code enforcement officials will come out just to make sure that everything is above board with the company, the businesses and things like that,” said Dobson.
Firefighters remain on scene to monitor any flare-ups.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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