45-acre brush fire 95% contained

Published On: Mar 25 2013 10:54:04 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 25 2013 12:11:36 PM EDT

A 45-acre brush fire near Southwest 200th Street and 142nd Avenue in Miami-Dade County was 95 percent contained Monday, according to forestry officials.

The fire threatened six homes in the area.

"The fire went all the way up the wall," said one homeowner who was forced to evacuate his home. 

A cavalry of firefighters carried a thousand gallons of water to the site of the fire because there are no fire hydrants in the immediate area. 

"The stress of not having enough water and just the different changing winds, that really hampered us," said Scott Peterich with the Forest Service. 

Firefighters had to be extra careful near one of the threatened homes because of propane tanks in a field. At least one them exploded in the fire, but no one was injured. 

"I was very scared because my house is back there where all that smoke is. They won't let me go back there," said April Rosenik.

Florida Power & Light cut power to the area after a power pole caught fire. 

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

No injuries have been reported.


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