DOVER, Fla. – It took more than 70 firefighters and seven tankers to battle a massive fire early Wednesday morning at an abandoned warehouse in Dover.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but officials say the building’s metal roof posed challenges.

“Metal, once it gets hot, likes to elongate, which actually weakens the metal structure and causes it to collapse, and it also traps heat underneath. So, there’s nowhere for it to go,” said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue public information officer Corey Dierdorff.

“Whenever we see something like that, we really are very cautious of putting people in there. If there’s a life to save, we’re going in. If there’s not, we’re going to be very careful to make sure our firefighters aren’t hurt,” he said.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue estimated the fire engulfed 6,000 square feet of a 43,000-square-foot structure at 14425 Haynes Road.

Dierdorff said the building was being used by the owner to store office equipment and egg cartons.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

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