Update: 50 Firefighters Battle Massive Warehouse Fire

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 5:37pm

EL PASO - Tonight firefighters are monitoring hot spots after a large warehouse went up in flames earlier today.

The fire started around 11A.M. Sunday near Piedras and Texas Avenue.

About 50 firefighters surrounded the building and sprayed water on the fire to protect nearby buildings and at least one home.

Smoke could be seen pouring out of the South Central warehouse from all over the city.

"Some of the members were leaving and they noticed the big smoke, black smoke, and we all came out of the church," Witness Javier Griego said.

The fire also delayed at least one Union Pacific train.

"We had supply lines running across the railroads, so we had to call on Union Pacific to come in and shut down the line, the rail lines, while we had the fire hose going across the tracks," El Paso Fire Department Spokesman John Concha said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire, and there's no word on what was inside of the warehouse.

Firefighters rotated on ten minute shifts to avoid any heat emergencies, and tonight no injuries have been reported.

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