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More than 12 hours later, fire continues to burn vacant Allentown warehouse

Nearby residents told to shelter in place

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Firefighters are still putting out hot spots Monday morning in a vacant warehouse in Allentown that's been burning since Sunday evening.

Officials said the fire likely won't be completely out until the building is demolished, which is expected to be sometime Tuesday.

Crews were dispatched to an old warehouse in the area of 15th, Gordon and North Franklin streets around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

The flames were so intense, firefighters from throughout the area responded. The fire went to four alarms.

The fire also has officials telling residents in the surrounding area to shelter in place due to air quality issues. Heavy smoke and flames could be seen for miles.

One firefighter was being treated at a nearby hospital for a burn to his hand. The building is deemed unenterable because of it's old age.

"It's probably like a 100-year-old warehouse so what you run into is issues in the interior heavy timber construction," said Allentown Fire Department Captain John Christopher.

Nearby residents gathered at an adjacent convenience store and say it was a scary sight to see from their own front steps.

"I came out on the balcony of my apartment and you could see smoke, like it was just filled dark smoke," said Stacy Rohn.

Christopher said most of the fire was under control by 1 a.m., but he doesn't think it will be fully extinguished until the building is knocked down. The warehouse was still smoking as firefighters continued putting out hot spots.

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