Firefighters battle truck fires at Orlando distribution center

Firefighters battle truck fires at Orlando distribution center

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Fire crews from both Orlando and Orange County Fire departments were called out to an office complex just before noon on Friday to battle a large fire which had engulfed several semi-tractor trailer trucks.

It happened at the Burris Building, off of Central Port Drive, near the Orlando International Airport.  The facility is a distribution and transportation center.  

"Once the units arrived on scene, the wind started taking the fire and pretty much was pushing the fire to the north, which then involved about two to three trucks," said Orlando Fire Chief Ian Davis.

The fire eventually spread, destroying six trucks and two other vehicles.  Work at the facility shut down for a couple of hours, leaving several delivery drivers outside the gates, waiting.

"When you've got the fuel going with the truck, everything is real flammable,' said Chief Davis.  "As you can feel right now, it's a pretty windy day, so it was kind of pushing the fire that much faster."

Crews say they also had a limited water supply, as a second hydrant was blocked by trailers.

"I believe there was one vehicle that was a rental, that came in, that they were having some problems with it.  I think that's where it started," said Chief Davis.

Fortunately, fire crews said no one was injured.   The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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