Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Battles Warehouse Blaze

4-alarm fire tears through warehouse

By Sharon Lawson
|  Thursday, Apr 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:38 AM EDT
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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue battled a four-alarm fire that tore through a warehouse at 7635 NW 27th Ave. Wednesday. The blaze left a burnt shell in its wake after a tense battle that lasted hours.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue battled a four-alarm fire that tore through a warehouse at 7635 NW 27th Ave. Wednesday. The blaze left a burnt shell in its wake after a tense battle that lasted hours.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue battled a four-alarm fire that tore through a warehouse at 7635 NW 27th Ave. Wednesday.

The blaze left a burnt shell in its wake after a tense battle that lasted hours.

Authorities said everyone in the building was able to escape. Firefighters then tried to keep the fire away from propane tanks and a nearby restaurant.

Forty fire crews came to the scene of the fire, which started in an auto paint and body shop, officials said.

"Extremely dangerous, extremely dangerous, because of the chemicals involved in the fire," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Arnold Piedrahita said. "It's a paint and body shop so you have a lot of paint, paint thinners, very highly combustible materials. Its one of our worse scenario fires in the Fire Department."

One hundred and fifty firefighters had to fight the flames from outside, after a roof and wall caved in.

It was a frightening scene for Alberto Norales, who was eating at a restaurant when he saw the neighboring business engulfed in flames.

"We smelled something from the outside. We were like, that smells like gas. Next thing we seen smoke like boom!" Norales said. "So everybody started running outside."

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