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An early morning fire gutted a vacant Miami Beach building, now fire investigators are looking to see if it was arson.  (Source: Chuck Strinz, Eagan, MN)

An early morning fire gutted a vacant Miami Beach building, now fire investigators are looking to see if it was arson. (Source: Chuck Strinz, Eagan, MN)

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MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – An overnight fire gutted a vacant building on Miami Beach. Now fire investigators are looking to see if it was intentionally set.

Miami Beach Fire department spokesman support services Chief Javier Otero said they received a call around 12:20 a.m. of smoke and flames coming from a building at 318 20th Street.

Because of the fire’s intensity, fire fighters were unable to attack it from inside the building. Instead they used water cannons on cranes to attack it from above. As a precaution a nearby building was evacuated. By 2:30 a.m., Otero said they had the main body of the fire out.

Otero said they’ve launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and if it is related to another vacant building that went up in flames last week; that building is just two blocks away from the one destroyed on Monday.

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