Cars burn in massive junkyard fire in Opa-locka

Dozens of firefighters battle flames

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Alex Finnie - Reporter

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - Firefighters battled massive flames from a junkyard fire early Tuesday in Opa-locka.

The fire started about 2:30 a.m. at J&D Used Auto Parts Supplies on Northwest 127th Street near Port Said Road.

Dozens of firefighters battled the flames, which burned several cars on the lot.

"We lost, like, 140 cars," in addition to two tow trucks, Ignacio Romero told Local 10 News.

In addition to that, two trucks they use to tow away and pick up parts were also destroyed. 

Romero's father owns the junkyard. He said his father, who has owned the junkyard for about a year, was flying back from Madrid.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews spent about an hour putting out the flames. Authorities said junkyard fires are difficult to right because of the burning rubber and tires, as well as fuel and fluids from inside the vehicles. 

"Luckily, there was no danger of life, so we just contain the fire and put large amounts of water on it until it went out,"  Lt. Kirsten Miller said. 

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Copyright 2018 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.