4 vehicles catch fire outside southwest Miami-Dade home

Cellphone video shows cars burning after apparent act of arson

By Saira Anwer - Reporter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Residents of one southwest Miami-Dade County neighborhood said they woke up just after 4 a.m. Thursday to what they thought sounded like a bomb going off.

Cellphone video showed four vehicles on fire outside a home on Southwest 113th Place.

"We looked outside and saw all our cars on fire," Ki-Jana King said.

Neighbors said they heard multiple explosions and were scared for their own homes and families.

"I looked out my bathroom window and I saw the fire in the backyard and I called 911 and I heard the lady and her children screaming in the back running out, and then I heard another explosion," witness Paula Atkinson told Local 10 News.

A man who spoke to Local 10 News said the home where the cars were burning is his grandmother's house. He said fire investigators said they found a gas can next to one of the cars, perhaps indicating an act of arson.

"When we looked outside, all you see is flames coming, like, toward the door, so we were just hoping that the cars don't catch the house on fire," King said. 

No injuries were reported.

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