Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responds to large church fire
A fire broke out in the roof of the Greater New Bethel Baptist Church in Miami Gardens Tuesday afternoon sending thick smoke billowing in the air.
Dozens of firefighters responded to the church in the 17000 block of Northwest 22nd Avenue just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“When the first unit arrived, they saw smoke coming from the roof of the church,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said in a news release. “It appeared that there was work being done to the structure prior to the fire.”
North and southbound traffic on Northwest 22nd Avenue was shut down as crews worked for hours to quell the flames. In all, about 46 rescue units responded to the four-alarm fire.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the church was occupied at the time, but everyone was able to make it out safely.
The department called the fire “challenging.”
“Firefighters had to break down the windows surrounding the roof as well the multiple layers of plywood in order to locate the fire,” the department said.
After about four hours, the fire was finally out. But the department said units remained into the night “to ventilate the structure and to monitor for any hot spots.”
No injuries were reported in the blaze. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.