Investigation into Cause of Hidalgo Warehouse Fire Underway
HIDALGO – A Hidalgo warehouse fire forced a family and workers out of the job.
The Annabel's Ropa Usada warehouse caught fire early Tuesday morning. The search for the cause begins.
The fire was a surprise for the workers and owners.
"It's a big impact. That was something we were not expecting," said Annabel Flores.
Flores' father owns the warehouse. They've been in business on 900 East Produce Road for nearly 18 years.
"We have to start all over again from zero. There's a lot of damages. We'll have a lot of economic hardships," said Flores.
Flores was about to start work when the fire happened.
"We heard an explosion, like a firecracker, and that's how the fire (started)," said Flores.
City of Hidalgo Fire Chief Robert Rojas and several agencies started fighting the fire. They had to break down walls to control it.
"There was no fire sprinklers," said Rojas.
Rojas explained warehouses on Produce Road were grandfathered into old building codes. Some of them like Annabel’s didn’t have adequate fire protection due to the clause.
"As soon as they start doing modifications, we implement that code," said Rojas.
Flores said the cause of the fire could be an accident.
"We really don't know what happened. Anyone that owns a warehouse, we are exposed to short circuits and they can start a fire immediately," said Flores.
Rojas hopes this is a lesson to others to pay extra to save up for fire safety.
"We know it's expensive but that's going to protect their property and their equipment," said Rojas.
Flores is grateful no one was injured in the fire.
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