Firefighters battle large warehouse fire in Dover

Posted at 3:38 AM, Aug 02, 2017

A large warehouse in Dover went up in flames early Wednesday morning.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue report the 45,000-square foot building at 14425 Haynes Road caught fire around 2:00 a.m.

When crews on scene they found heavy flames coming from the roof of the warehouse. Firefighters immediately called for a second alarm to bring in additional firefighting equipment.

Crews decided to mount a defensive battle because of the building's structure and it was currently vacant.

Due to the amount of water needed to fight the fire a water tanker operation was set up. A total of 7 tankers were brought to the scene to assist.

It took approximately 90 minutes for firefighters to contain the fire, and approximately 2 hours to bring the fire under control, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Approximately 72 firefighters responded to the scene in 36 units. 

Cal-Maine Foods previously occupied it according to online records.

No firefighters fought the fire inside the building due to the risk of a roof collapse, therefore, no injuries were reported. Most of the 6,000-square foot of damage is located towards the front of the warehouse.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.