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Capital Boulevard reopened after fire near Peace Street

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VIDEO: Downtown Raleigh fire closes inbound Capital Boulevard, smoke can be seen for miles
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VIDEO: Downtown Raleigh fire closes inbound Capital Boulevard, smoke can be seen for miles

Capital Boulevard was closed for about an hour as firefighters put out a building fire on North West Street.

The call came in a little after 12:30 p.m., according to reports. A dispatcher said the building is near the corner of West and Peace streets.

Police directed traffic and closed several main arteries into downtown, and a cloud of black smoke could be seen billowing up from Peace Street. The fire was contained and extinguished in less than an hour.

Video: Raleigh firefighters clean up after extinguishing a fire in an old City of Raleigh warehouse Capital Blvd. in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Video filmed by drivers on Capital shows the fire coming from a building on the City of Raleigh’s decommissioned Vehicle Fleet Services complex. It was Devereux Meadows Ball Park from 1939 to 1979.

The site, between Capital Boulevard and West streets near Peace Street, is being demolished as part of a project to replace two bridges and redo the gateway to downtown.

The fire was caused by steel being cut near exposed wood, said Raleigh spokesman John Boyette said. It was quickly contained and extinguished, and no one was injured.

Fifty-six fire department personnel brought eight engines and four ladder trucks to fight the fire. The fire department was accompanied by five paramedics and four police officers, according to Boyette.

Capital Boulevard reopened by 2 p.m., said police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan.

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