FORT WORTH - Editor's note: The building destroyed by fire is believed to be a furniture storage facility. This story originally cited a Fort Worth FD report that it was a chemical storage warehouse.
Firefighters were putting out the last of the flames from a massive five-alarm fire at a warehouse in Fort Worth late Friday afternoon.
A furniture storage warehouse on the 2600 block of Ludelle Street near Beach Street and Interstate 30 in eastern Fort Worth caught fire earlier Friday. The fire was deemed under control around 4:30 p.m.
Officials say they believe the fire appears to be accidental.
Nearby residents were told to stay indoors and shelter in place during an hours-long battle with the flames. Over 100 firefighters were at the scene.
The Fort Worth Fire Department wrote on Twitter that it was a “defensive attack,” meaning they were simply trying to save surrounding buildings from the flames.
Arlington and Haltom City fire departments were assisting in fighting the flames.
One firefighter suffered minor burn injuries and was treated at the scene. At least one MedStar unit was called to the scene, though it is unclear if anyone else was injured.
Reported to be a chemical storage warehouse. Defensive attack at this time. No injuries reported.— Fort Worth Fire Dept (@FortWorthFire) August 18, 2017
At scene of major fire in South Fort Worth at Beach & Ludelle pic.twitter.com/ZCDHCi6dir— SarahHoye (@Sarah_Hoye) August 18, 2017
Winds were blowing out of the northwest, meaning people in locations to the southeast of the fire are under the highest threat of smoke. The fire department advised those who live southeast of the fire to remain inside and lock their doors and windows.
Due to smoke conditions anyone exposed to smoke south east of the fire advised to remain indoors close windows,doors— Fort Worth Fire Dept (@FortWorthFire) August 18, 2017
A Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman at the scene said the department initially thought the warehouse was a chemical storage facility, but had since discovered it was a furniture storage facility.
The fire may have also involved a cardboard storage facility next door.
"Because of the heavy fire, smoke, and the layout of the building, we're having a hard telling where one business ends and the next one begins," the public information officer said.
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