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Weston Fire Chief explains why flames reignited in strip mall


The strip mall in Weston that went up in flames just three days ago, reignited again, leaving fire crews busy late Monday night battling to put out the rekindled flames.

The Weston Fire Chief says the fire rekindled after hot spots trapped underneath the rubble caused sparks to fly. 

Firefighters battled a huge fire at the strip mall this past weekend, where it destroyed a business complex that houses a Subway restaurant.

Fire officials say the flames caused about $1 million in damage.

The fire chief says he wasn't surprised when he got the second call. 

"Well you have to remember that the collapse and all of the stuff that burned before the collapse occurred that's laying on the ground things collapse on top of it,  it's just like a campfire and with that amount of damage left behind it's not uncommon for a rekindle to occur," said Weston Fire Chief, Steve Meilahn.

Meilahn says there were no fire-related injuries. But a firefighter fractured his ankle after slipping on the ice.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The strip mall is now being inspected by insurance investigators.

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