EL PASO — A huge warehouse fire in south central El Paso sent plumes of dark smoke into the sky and forced people to evacuate their work spaces. Investigators said faulty wiring caused the fire.
Nearly 60 firefighters were called to the scene.
Large flames could be seen shooting from the roof of this 6,000 square foot building on Myrtle near Williams just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.
"We tried make an exterior attack but the building is in very bad condition,” said Fire Marshal Calvin Shanks. “The fire had grown very, very rapidly by the time we even got here."
Firefighters were forced to battle the blaze only from the outside because they were worried it would collapse.
The building was being used as a storage facility for building supplies such as lumber, wood doors and wood frames.
Fortunately, no one was inside the building but people nearby saw flames and got out as soon as they could.
"I went out to the front door and sure enough two doors down there's like 10 foot flames coming through the front window,” said business owner Steve Trawick.
Trawick owns Texas Saw and Sharpening.
"Fire guys said, 'Hey you guys need to vacant the building, shut everything down.' I'm like, 'Oh but my cats are in here. My bikes in here. 'No, just shut it all down and you guys are gonna have to leave.'"
After the fire was out, Trawick found about two inches of water in his business. He said he's just glad everyone is OK.
"It's pretty sad but since the people next door got out OK and everything. It's a bit tragic but the important thing is that everybody got out OK. Everybody's all right. A little time lost but it will all come out in the end," said Trawick.
The building is a total loss.
The city's building services department was on the scene evaluating the building to determine when it will be demolished.