Firefighters Douse Building Fire in West Miami-Dade

The building under construction is a new public housing unit

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013  |  Updated 7:34 PM EDT
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Aerial footage shows flames over a building in West Miami Dade.

Aerial footage shows flames over a building in West Miami Dade.

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Firefighters responded to a building fire that had intense flames and billowing black smoke in west Miami-Dade late Wednesday afternoon.

Flames were on the roof when crews arrived at the building under construction at Southwest 8th Street and 127th Avenue, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.

They had largely doused the blaze a short time later. The accidental fire was caused by a tar pot spill, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Arnold Piedrahita Jr.

The building under construction is a new public housing unit called Gran Via, a Miami-Dade County spokeswoman said.

Traffic was diverted in the area during the fire.

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