Collins Avenue reopens after fire at abandoned building causes closures; no injuries

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Officials have reopened two blocks of Collins Avenue in Miami Beach hours after a fire broke out at an abandoned building.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze near 29th Street and Collins, Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters were able to quickly put out the flames.

7News cameras captured crews putting out hot spots.

Officials said the blaze started on the second floor of the building and spread to the third floor.

No one was hurt.

Officials said the abandoned building was the only structure affected. They believe the fire was started by squatters.

Neighbors told 7News they have seen squatters coming in and out of the building often.

All lanes of Collins Avenue between 27th and 29th streets were shut down for several hours while crews worked to clear the scene, causing traffic gridlock in the area. Traffic was backed up for miles, leading to an hourlong delay in some parts of Miami Beach.

The roadway was reopened just before 5:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

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