Firefighters battle flames at Opa-locka warehouse

Flames protrude from roof of warehouse

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. – Firefighters were called to the scene of an Opa-locka warehouse fire Thursday morning.

Authorities said 37 units consisting of more than 200 firefighters were called to 14810 NW 24th Court just after 8 a.m. after reports of flames and smoke coming from the warehouse. 

Sky 10 was over the warehouse as flames were protruding from the roof.

An online search of the address lists the business as Kannoa USA.

People inside the outdoor furniture warehouse were sewing and working when they heard an explosion.

"It's heartbreaking to see all our work and effort go  up in smoke," said employee Claudia Mejia, who was holding back tears.

The company was founded nearly a decade ago by two childhood friends. Authorities said it appears the building is a loss.

"It breaks my heart," said one of the owners. "We have worked so hard to make the company grow."

It isn't known what the warehouse contains or how the flames started. Firefighters said their goal at this point is to keep the flames from spreading.

"At this time, we're just trying to contain the fire," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Arnold Piedrahita  "It's pretty much engulfed the entire warehouse. Our main goal is to protect a joining businesses."

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