Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Responds to Large Warehouse Blaze

Miami-Dade, Fla. -- Firefighters from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Hialeah Fire Rescue and City of Miami Fire Rescue all worked together to fight an afternoon warehouse fire in NW Miami-Dade County on Saturday, October 30, 2004. The fire broke out in a two-story warehouse in a commercial district east of Miami International Airport.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw flames impinging on an elevated expressway above the structure. Fire officials requested police to shut down the 112 Airport Expressway until the body of fire was knocked down and the smoke cleared.

A unified command was formed between all three responding agencies to coordinate fire attack. The Incident Commander decided on a defensive attack because of the extent of fire involvement and the building's questionable structural integrity.

Aerial pieces were placed on several sides of the building. Crews attacked the fire from huge openings in the roof. Fire crews also forced entry into several overhead doors to place monitors. Many of the overhead doors were boarded up.

A fire crew was sent to the expressway overlooking the structure and provided accurate reconnaissance for stream placement. Rail traffic in the area was diverted because of the proximity to the burning structure.

No one was injured in the blaze. Fire investigators from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are currently investigating the cause of the fire.