Flames damaged nearly one-third of a 300-square-meter furniture factory Monday night in the crowded Mexico City borough of Iztapalapa.
Almost 300 residents living nearby were temporarily evacuated as a preventive measure, Mexico’s Civil Protection agency reports. The fire broke out about 9:30 p.m. and burned nearly three hours, a supply of solvents sending the flames high into the sky.
Firefighters from Mexico City drew water from the municipalities of Iztapalapa and Tláhuac to battle the fire and protect nearby exposures. The roof collapsed over a portion of the factory used for furniture storage.
No injuries were reported.