1 injured during large fire at Tropicana Flea Market in Miami-Dade
Dozens of firefighters responded to a fire at the outdoor Tropicana Flea Market on Thursday near Miami-Dade County’s Allapattah area.
A man was injured. Witnesses said the fire sparked in front of him in an area where food vendors set up. He appeared to have suffered burns to his shoulders.
Flames quickly engulfed one of the long tents where vendors display their merchandise and spread to a nearby warehouse, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue dispatched a dozen units shortly before 5 p.m., to 2951 NW 36th St. About 30 minutes later, MDFR had dispatched more than 30 units.
Miami-Dade police officers also responded to the area of Northwest 36 Street and 30 Avenue, east of the Miami International Airport. The smoke did not affect airport operations.
Residents of buildings in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood and downtown Miami reported seeing the dark smoke.
Workers usually start to set up on Thursday. The flea market is usually open to the public only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.