Multiple vehicles catch fire at Miami auto repair shop

MIAMI (WSVN) - Firefighters have extinguished a large fire that engulfed an auto repair shop in Miami.

City of Miami Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene along Northwest 21st Street and 27th Avenue, just after 3 a.m., Friday.

Video captured flames shooting out of the shop.

“Right now, we’re not sure exactly how it started, but we do know that there were multiple vehicles that caught fire,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll. “When you have vehicles that are in for repair or even used for parts, then you have a lot of fluids; you have oil, you have a lot of flammable liquid inside that tend to burn. That obviously helped fuel the fire.”

RVs and boats were also left charred.

Firefighters worked to keep the fire contained so it would not spread to businesses connected to the auto repair shop.

“With businesses lining around the area it makes it difficult to get in, so you just want to get as many personnel on scene as possible so that we can come in from different areas,” said Carroll.

As of 6 a.m. the scene was cleared after 80 firefighters worked to put the fire out.

A witness near the scene told 7News that he saw two men running to and from the scene.

“Two boys had ended up walking here through the driveway,” said Sylvester Warner. “I started hearing popping noises. They had started the fire, and they did it from the top. If you go to the top and you look down, it’s like a patio, a yard.”

While no injuries were reported, firefighters did rescue three dogs from the property, believed to be used as a security measure for the business.

The dogs are being evaluated to make sure they’re OK.

Two people sleeping in a nearby business were also said to be OK.

Employees of the auto repair shop have started to clean up the debris.

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

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