Coconut Grove

Gas leak prompted burn-off that shut down some Coconut Grove streets during rush hour

Miami Fire Rescue trucks and a closed Southwest 27th Avenue Wednesday.
Miami Fire Rescue trucks and a closed Southwest 27th Avenue Wednesday. Miami Police Department

Some Coconut Grove streets were closed during Wednesday afternoon rush hour as Miami Fire Rescue burned off the liquid propane in an underground tank. The department didn’t give the all clear for residents to return until about 10 p.m.

Miami police said Southwest 27th Avenue from Bird Road to Tigertail Avenue and Shipping Avenue from Center Street to Southwest 27th Avenue remains closed. A tripod with a tower topped by a flare sat at Shipping Avenue and Southwest 27th Avenue.

Miami Fire Rescue Captain Ignatius Carroll said fire rescue had evacuated the 40 families in one apartment building, 3084 Southwest 27th Ave.

That’s the building that made the call about a possible gas leak around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Carroll said. Miami Fire Rescue discovered an underground propane tank the building owners said they knew nothing about. Carroll said the tank hadn’t been serviced in a while.

“How much gas had been released was uncertain,” Carroll said. “We don’t know the integrity of the tanks.”

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