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Huge fire at furniture warehouse in Kansas City; no injuries

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When crews arrived on the scene, dark black smoke billowing from the warehouse at the location of Friday's Only Furniture Outlet.The smoke could be seen miles away. (Carl Petersen) When crews arrived on the scene, dark black smoke billowing from the warehouse at the location of Friday's Only Furniture Outlet.The smoke could be seen miles away. (Carl Petersen)
Up to 90 firefighters battled a massive fire at a three-story furniture warehouse in Kansas City. (Jeff Roberts/KCTV5 News) Up to 90 firefighters battled a massive fire at a three-story furniture warehouse in Kansas City. (Jeff Roberts/KCTV5 News)
Fire Chief Paul Berardi says no one was inside the building when the fire was reported Tuesday afternoon and he was not aware of any injuries. (KCTV5) Fire Chief Paul Berardi says no one was inside the building when the fire was reported Tuesday afternoon and he was not aware of any injuries. (KCTV5)
When crews arrived on the scene, dark black smoke billowing from the warehouse at the location of Friday's Only Furniture Outlet.The smoke could be seen miles away. (KCTV5) When crews arrived on the scene, dark black smoke billowing from the warehouse at the location of Friday's Only Furniture Outlet.The smoke could be seen miles away. (KCTV5)
Fire investigators gather at Fridays Only Furniture Outlet. (Rob Rhodes/KCTV5 News) Fire investigators gather at Fridays Only Furniture Outlet. (Rob Rhodes/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Up to 90 firefighters battled a massive fire at a three-story furniture warehouse in Kansas City.

On Wednesday, emergency crews remained on the scene, monitoring the building and working to prevent hot spots. Once extinguished, crews will then determine if the building is safe to enter and continue to investigate what caused the fire. They say it could take up to 72 hours before they are able to determine a cause.

Southwest Boulevard was shut down from 27th Street to 31st Street until about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday due to the fire.

Fire Chief Paul Berardi says no one was inside the building when the fire was reported Tuesday afternoon and he was not aware of any injuries. Emergency crews on scene believe there are no dangerous chemicals inside the plant. 

"No one was in the building," Berardi said. "We went into defensive mode. We would have sent crews if there were people inside."

One firefighter was taken to the hospital on Tuesday as a precaution. He was released and is said to be in good condition.

A collapse zone is being maintained, according to Berardi. Nearby buildings were also searched for possible chemicals. 

Crews who were originally on scene departed shortly after 8 p.m. 

When crews arrived on the scene, dark black smoke billowing from the warehouse at the location of Friday's Only Furniture Outlet.The smoke could be seen miles away.

The building's owner told Berardi the warehouse is full of furniture but it wasn't immediately clear if it was an active business.

The building is on a busy street lined with several restaurants and other businesses. Berardi says firefighters are working to ensure no embers spread to surrounding buildings.

Fire crews believe it started on either the third floor or the roof of the building. 

Currently, the fire department is worried about the toll the heat and strenuous work is taking on its personnel.

The fire department is also working to keep the fire and embers from traveling to other nearby buildings.  They are concerned about fire exposure to those other buildings.  

Fire officials say weekend storms caused damage to the roof of the building, but it's too soon to know if that's connected to the cause of the fire.

"We had some customers tell us they saw smoke across the street coming up," said John Greer, general manager of Ponack's. "Went out to take a look and the police started showing up and the fire department and pretty soon the police officer came up and said we had to vacate the premise and stop business."

One woman stopped by her friend's house to check on her pets once she realized how close the fire was.

She said the flames were at least 20 feet high from her point of view. 

"They were as high as this smoke was, yeah, so--they were like really high and there was a guy on a fire truck over on the side and there was one point where he was completely blocked out, we couldn't see him anymore," said Allison Meyer of Kansas City. 

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