Miami-Dade County

Trash pile goes up in smoke in vacant Miami lot

Charred debris remains after Miami Fire Rescue crews battled a stubborn trash fire at Northeast Second Avenue and 79th Street Monday.
Charred debris remains after Miami Fire Rescue crews battled a stubborn trash fire at Northeast Second Avenue and 79th Street Monday. Miami Fire Rescue

A stubborn trash fire in a vacant lot took Miami Fire Rescue more than three hours to extinguish Monday afternoon.

Just before 4:30 p.m., Miami Fire Rescue crews — along with a Miami-Dade Fire Engine — responded to Northeast Second Avenue and 79th Street where they found heavy smoke coming from a large pile of garbage. Firefighters later discovered that there were pieces of discarded fiberglass boats, which made it harder to put out the flames.

Crews cleared the debris in order to use hand saws to cut holes into a rundown 40-foot, overturned vessel. As they cut the holes, the firefighters realized that there were additional boats underneath.

After several attempts to cut holes in the vessels, the Technical Rescue Team assisted with moving the vessels. Three hours later, firefighters were able to put out the fire after removing several layers of burned fiberglass.

No one was injured in the fire.

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