Authorities are investigating a fire that swept through a car stereo and alarm business in northeast Miami-Dade Monday morning.
The fire broke out around 1:45 a.m. at the business at 700 Northeast 167th Street, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Ralph Baena said.
According to Baena, there were large flames coming out of the front office of the business when firefighters arrived, and large shutters covering the front windows had to be cut to get to the flames.
"If we didn't cut through those shutters, the fire had the threat of spreading to the rest of the business," Baena said.
Once inside, firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames.
"You could see flames rolling over us," Baena said.
Firefighters quickly got the blaze under control, and none of the firefighters were injured. No one was inside the business at the time of the fire.
Baena said the owner of the business was notified and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Monday morning, employees were joined by friends and neighbors in cleaning up the business, which suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
"Very nice to see the help from everybody that knows us, it's very nice to see the public also, a couple people have stopped by and offered us stuff, we actually had another store owner that came by and brought coffee, doughnuts, stuff like that," store manager Osmani Alfonso said. "So it is very nice to see that people do care."
Alfonso said a local Home Depot has also donated supplies to help repair the store.
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