Arson investigators seek answers after suspicious fire at Miami strip mall

Eviction notice on door claims Rumba's Discoteque owes $16,500

Investigators are at the scene of a suspicious fire at a Miami strip mall.

MIAMI – Arson investigators are trying to determine what led to a suspicious fire early Thursday on Northwest Seventh Street in Miami.

The fire started shortly after 3 a.m. at Rumba's Discoteque.

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll Jr. said firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the business. He said the front window pane was removed and the door was unlocked.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

A fire at a Miami strip mall along Northwest Seventh Street is considered suspicious.

Carroll said firefighters are still trying to make contact with the owner of the business.

The owner of a karate studio above the nightclub said he's seen graffiti and signs of vandalism to the business.

"Working in the night, you don't see nice people coming out from there," Dario Rossi told Local 10 News.

An eviction notice on the door claims the tenant owes $16,500 in rent and late fees.

An eviction notice is on the door to Rumba's Discoteque.

The nightclub was closed at the time of the fire.

About the Authors:

Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.