Rescue crews put out office building fire
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Firefighters worked hard to battle a fire inside a Miami office building, as the structure is located right next to a gas station.
The blaze broke out inside the building along West Flagler Street and 27th Avenue, Friday evening.
Miami Fire Rescue units responded to the scene and quickly got to work to extinguish the fire. "I was walking by, and I had just ate at a restaurant right here, and the smoke was pouring out of the one window," said witness Paul Zappia.
Firefighters were concerned for several reasons. There were reports that workers were still inside the structure, but everyone managed to get out safely.
Second, the office building is older, and is not equipped with sprinklers. Thus, fire rescue crews had to utilize a hose to get water inside the structure to put out the fire.
Crews were most concerned about the gas station located right next door to the burning building. Zappia said, "They brought so many fire trucks into that gas station to make sure it didn't blow."
Officials shut down nearly two blocks of Flagler Street as crews put out the flames.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but it caused more than $30,000 in damage to the building.
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