Firefighters investigate apartment building fire
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Fire rescue crews are investigating a fire that broke out at a five-story apartment building under construction.
Just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters received a call about a fire at a five-story apartment building that was under construction in the area of Southwest Eighth Street and 127th Avenue. This marks the second fire at the same building in less than one week.
According to firefighters, workers were on the roof of the apartment building when one of them accidentally kicked over a bucket that had a mop and some tar material, which instantly ignited the roof. "My daughter told me, 'Daddy, look, there's a fire on top of the roof,'" said Jorge Espinosa who spotted the resulting smoke.
When fire rescue arrived on the scene, all of the workers had safely evacuated the roof and were away from the fire. "Firefighters could see the smoke and flames from miles away before arriving," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Arnold Piedrahita.
No one was injured.
Three days prior, a lightning strike caused the previous fire.
The building was supposed to open as a low-income living facility for senior citizens in October. But now, after two fires in three days, building inspectors will have to make sure the structure is safe for construction workers to return to the job.
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