6-alarm Building fire in Alexandria, 4 firefighters injured

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fire investigators are still looking for the cause of a six-alarm fire that injured four firefighters in Alexandria

The fire started at a warehouse located on 801 Pickett Street at approximately 11:49 a.m. Monday. Smoke could be seen from Northeast, DC.

The fire call escalated to three alarms almost immediately. When firefighters began to enter the building, a section of the roof at the warehouse began to collapse. It was upgraded to a 6-alarm fire shortly afterward. More than 200 firefighters responded to the scene.

Firefighters encountered a problem trying to fight the fire because of a water main break from earlier in the day that also happened on Pickett Street. They were able to find alternate water sources and avoid a long delay. 

Four firefighters suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries.

WUSA9's Bruce Johnson reports carpets and carpet pads are fueling the fire that's burning in the building. 

The fire was put out around 4:25 p.m.

No one was inside the warehouse during the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is still not known. Chief fire Marshall Robert Rodriguez said in a press release, "We won't have cause for at least a week ...We're working with ATF. They have a great deal of experience with major fires."

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