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A WAREHOUSE BURNS--Apr. 22, 2013 Atlanta: Battalion chief Monterio Stidwell (right) watches ladder operations as a crew of firefighters prepare to remove the sidings of the structure. Firefighters prepared for a long battle to douse a huge warehouse fire that broke out early Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 in northwest Atlanta. Fire crews responding to the 4 a.m. fire in two large recycling warehouses "could see it from a long ways away," Atlanta fire Battalion Chief Kevin Roberts told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We arrived to find large amounts of fire and limited access," Roberts said. He said crews were working to douse the flames from the outside, using three aerial units. "We're not going inside because it's a collapse hazard," Roberts said. One of the buildings burning in the 700 block of James P. Brawley Drive was about 175 feet by 50 feet, the other slightly smaller at 100 by 50 feet, according to Roberts. He said firefighters were fortunate that winds have been calm. "Of course, there's toxins with the amount of smoke we've got here," he said. "I'm sure there's toxins in there, I just don't know what they are. Luckily, most of [the smoke] is going up and away and we don't have any of our crews operating in the immediate part of it." Firefighters will have to "get heavy equipment in here and remove some of this stuff so we can get water to it," Roberts said. "We'll be in here until tomorrow, no doubt." JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
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