MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – No word yet on what sparked a massive fire which destroyed a vacant building on Miami Beach.

Firefighters began battling the blaze in the 400 block of 21st Street just before 10 p.m. The fire reportedly started on the third floor of the building which used to be a hotel.  The building, which has been unoccupied for the last years, was recently undergoing some construction.

At one point, fire crews were forced to evacuate the building when flames shot through the roof and firefighters feared it would collapse.

Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said Wednesday night that one of their main concerns was keeping the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

“We’re trying to keep it contained in this area. We’re praying there is no one inside, as we understand it a lot of (homeless) stay here. The cause of the fire won’t be known for some time,” said Carroll.

It took fire crews several hours to contain and finally put out the flames. While no nearby buildings were evacuated, people inside them were told to stay inside and keep their windows closed.

Comments (4)
  1. Jeanie Osendi says:

    I found out this morning while trying to get towork the street was block off… the building is destoryed. The roof cam down and throug to the second floor in some parts. You can see the damages on the thrid floor. I am glad no one was in the building, even though alot of kids and homeless go into that building.

  2. Beatrice Barbosa says:

    I live in the Cynthia Apartments which is acroos the street from the building.It was very frightening to see that since I have been there many times.I had smelled something burning and figured it was just someone cooking.Looked out the window and was shocked.My mother was actually the person who called you guy’s.Glad that it was vacant.

  3. D. Fugina says:

    What was the name of the hotel when it was operating?

  4. Marga says:

    This is 1:20 am Sunday 13th- there is another fire going on 20th between park and liberty avenues- another vacant building- this looks like the work of an arsonist this is scary- two fires in a week a block apart? this is not just a bad coincidence

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