SFD battles large commercial fire in abandoned building

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) Although it took approximately 40 firefighters (13 fire crews) almost an hour to bring a large fire in a commercial building under control, no firefighters were injured.

Shreveport Fire Department fire fighters were dispatched at 11:49 a.m. today after reports of a fire in the 7100 square foot building in the 1500 block of Southern Avenue.

Just three minutes later firefighters from Engine 7 arrived at the scene and reported a one-story, commercial building, fully engulfed in flames.

As other units responded from various areas of the city, they reported seeing heavy black smoke as they approached the area.

Initially, Engine 7 entered the building and encountered several hazards. The building had previously been an automotive repair shop that crews suspect was being used for storage.

Unfortunately, the building still contained oil-based paints, tar, a tractor, mattresses and numerous miscellaneous items. Crews reported having difficulty accessing the seat of the fire due to the heavy fire load.

While the fire was placed under control at 12:46 PM, fire units continue to rotate with various assignments to ensure firefighter safety in the 91 degree heat.

The City of Shreveport Water Department was contacted to bring a backhoe to the scene to remove contents during the overhaul.

NBC6/FOX33 had a crew on the scene and will bring details at 9 tonight on FOX33, and at 10 p.m. only on NBC6 News.

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