NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Firefighters from the City of Miami and Miami-Dade worked together Monday afternoon to put out a fire that started in the vendor stalls of the Tropicana Flea Market.
It happened on Northwest 36th Street, between 28th and 29th Avenues, and it wasn’t the first time.
Beatriz Zambrano shared a picture of what her parent’s stand looked like before and after Monday’s fire. While the first fire didn’t destroy her parent’s business, Beatriz said this time they couldn’t escape the second.
Authorities believe July’s fire that destroyed roughly 40% of the flea market started from a food truck but the cause is still under investigation.
“I mean it really sucks, there are no words to put it,” said Zambrano.
Authorities haven’t released any information yet on how Monday’s fire started.
“I mean I hope that they can recompensate for something at least, I mean we’ve been closed since July. My parents haven’t had a source of income since July. This is where the rent came out of you know, bills and everything,” said Zambrano.
7Skyforce captured the dark smoke slowly turning white as firefighters put water on the flames.
In Spanish, a business owner told 7News that even losing one dollar from his shoe and sports business is painful.
Many business owners said they have lost thousands in income and that this is the main way they help their loved ones.
The fire was announced completely under control at around 5:18 p.m.
“A lot of people that sell here are immigrants you know, and that’s how they provide for their families,” said Zambrano.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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