Massive fire erupts at auto parts yard near Miami as flames rip through half a block and 100 firefighters try to douse blaze
- Florida fire crews on Tuesday responded to put out a massive blaze at an auto parts yard just outside of Miami
- The fire began at the Rastro Coco Auto Parts junkyard in Hialeah, Florida around 1.30pm
- Hialeah Fire Department officials told local media 100 firefighters were sent to the scene and roughly 20 units
- There are no reported injuries at this time and cause of the fire is unknown
Florida fire crews on Tuesday responded to put out a massive blaze at an auto parts yard just outside of Miami.
Rastro Coco Auto Parts in Hialeah caught fire around 1.30pm and quickly spread, requiring more than 100 firefighters and 20 units to respond.
The fire, which encompassed the 5100 block of E. 10th Court, burned on for hours and heavy flames and smoke could be seen from State Route 826, local media said.
As of 4.30pm ET, no injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire has not been determined.
Rastro Coco Auto Parts in Hialeah, Florida caught fire around 1.30pm
The fire broke out in Hialeah, Florida, a city just northwest of central Miami
As of 4.30pm Eastern Standard Time, no injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire has not been determined
Another angle of the destructive blaze shows the fire from a nearby airport
Streets in the area were shut down and closed off to traffic as crews worked to get the blaze under control.
One report indicated that back up crews from Miami-Dade County were also dispatched to help out with the fire.
Video posted to social media Tuesday afternoon shows the sheer size of the fire along Florida’s southeast coast.
The heavy black smoke billows endlessly as deep flames spread over piles of vehicles in the junk yard.
Just outside of the fire, contained within the fence of the Rastro Coco Auto Parts facility, at least one fire truck and a fire emergency vehicle can be seen along with firefighters preparing to douse the blaze.
Seconds into the alarming video, a small explosion occurs in the bottom left corner of the yard as sparks fly up and land on the damaged vehicles.
The fire could be seen from miles away in Miami and Miami Beach
Hialeah Fire Department spokesman David Rodriguez told NBC6 firefighters would be working through much of the day to stop the fire from spreading and put it out completely.
Rodriguez said the intricacies of the fire being at a junkyard with highly flammable materials has made the challenge even more difficult.
‘It’s just very difficult to get these fires under control and get these fires out just because of the sheer volume of cars, of explosive combustibles, it makes it very very difficult,’ he said.
‘We’re going to be here for a while, obviously,’ Rodriguez told the NBC affiliate.
The fire burned through half a city block, according to fire officials
Hialeah is located less than 10 miles from the water and 15 miles from Miami’s city-center.
Joel Franco, a content creator with more than 42,000 followers on Twitter, shared a shocking photo of the blaze taken from more than 15 miles away.
‘Junkyard fire in Hialeah visible from Miami Beach,’ Franco captioned the disturbing photo which shows heavy smoke rising from the junk yard.
One of Franco’s followers responded and said ‘currently right by it,’ sharing their own photo of the fire.
DailyMail.com reached out to Hialeah Fire Department officials for further comment but did not receive a response by the time of publication.