A 9-year-old boy who was playing with a lighter started a fire on Wednesday afternoon in Homestead, neighbors said.
About 5:20 p.m., the boy set some garbage on fire in the Hidden Grove rental community at 13815 SW 271st Terrace, west of Floridas Turnpike.
The flames quickly spread to a sofa bed that was also in the garbage outside, firefighters said.
Neighbors said the boy dropped the lighter and ran home. The fire continued to grow into a small wildfire.
Drivers traveling southbound on the Turnpike slowed down to look at the dark smoke.
Miami-Dade firefighters extinguished the flames by about 5:50 p.m. No one was injured.