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Brush fire near Zoo Miami extinguished; no injuries

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Fire rescue crews have put out a brush fire that ignited near Zoo Miami, the fourth such blaze to strike the area in the past week.

The fire sparked near Southwest 125th Avenue and 184th Street, adjacent to the Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park, just after noon, Tuesday.

Fire officials said crews were concerned the blaze would spread to a nearby county-owned fueling facility that also houses picnic tables, farm equipment and vehicles. At one point the fire jumped the fence that divides the brush area from the facility and burned some farm equipment. Several county cars were also damaged.

Several nearby residents were told to leave the area, and police blocked off the entrance to the park. A man said his wife called to notify him about the fire. "She called me a little minute back, and she told me there are fires," he said. "I'm looking for the smoke."

Civilians fought the fire with hoses until rescue units arrived. The fire was completely out about an hour later.

Officials said the blaze burned four to five acres. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the four fires that have sparked in the same area in just one week have triggered an ongoing investigation.

No one was hurt.

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