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Fire claims furniture warehouse

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In the early hours of Aug. 6, a Dinettes Unlimited warehouse in Sarasota, Fla., caught on fire, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The blaze reached temperatures above 1,000 degrees and bent steel pipes before eventually causing the building to resemble a war-torn artifact of yesteryear.

"It looked like a bombed-out building from Berlin," said Warren Wollheim, the longtime owner of the property. "It was terrible. It was devastating. It's something you don't expect to see."

Firefighters were eventually able to contain the blaze, though the facility was smoldering many hours after it caught fire. There was no one inside the warehouse at the time of the incident, though the merchandise was unable to be salvaged.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives organization were on the scene to assess the damage. They were seen taking photographs for evidence purposes. They declined to speculate regarding the cause of the fire, or if there were any fire suppression systems in place.

This comes on the heels of two other fires in the Sarasota area, though neither were as destructive.

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