Fire Destroys Montgomery Warehouse Building


By Catalina Trivino

From Montgomery -- a storage facility for a local business is left in ruins after a fire destroys the building. Investigators are searching for answers as to what started the fire that caused smoke to be seen for miles.

The scene is now full of rubble -- pieces of equipment spread everywhere after a fire took over half of this warehouse building. And fire officials are calling it a total loss.

"It was high... it was really high and that flame was powerful. I could see it from over here at the job," Said Christine Cabiness, who called in the fire.

It was a black cloud  that could be seen not just from Cabiness' workplace, but also across Montgomery. This is the view we saw from our Alabama News Network skycam about five miles away.
"You can probably see it throughout town. The smoke [was] coming up when we pulled up. The whole entire left side was completely enfulffed in flames," Said Montgomery District Fire Chief, John King.

Five fire units fighting the blaze that took over this warehouse on the 2100 block of Blackshear Drive, west of downtown Montgomery. Fire officials say the flames reached as high as 15-feet  and they had to shoot water from the top of the ladder truck to control the fire.

They say it started on the left side of the building. As for how it started, fire officials say it's still a mystery.

While noone was hurt in the fire, Juan Bell says it was too close for comfort -- he and the moving business he works with were moving items out of the building just next door.

"Yeah, I was kind of nervous because I didn't know the fire was going to spread this way and get my car of whatever, so I got my car and moved out of the way because I don't play with fires," Said Bell.

Cabiness says she was scared the fire would spread into the trees. She's just thankful it was contained before it got any worse.
"It could've been worse than what it was. It could've spread into the other warehouses or eventually over here," Said Cabiness.

We spoke to the business owner who stored their equipment in the building -- while he chose not to be on camera, he tells us he plans to rebuild the damaged part of the warehouse. Fire officials say it's too early to know whether foul play was involved.

The warehouse belonged to a molded fiber manufacturing business called MP3 Fiber.  Alabama news network will keep you updated on the fire investigation.

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