Crews battle fire at former Orlando Union Rescue Mission building

Fire spread to neighboring building

Crews with Orlando Fire Department were battling a fire at the former Orlando Union Rescue Mission building Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to 410 W. Central Boulevard in downtown Orlando around 8:45 a.m. Crews say the heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the building could be spotted from miles away.

Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale said one person was sent to the hospital with minor injuries as the fire spread to a neighboring building. Five other people were rescued.

The fire shut down roads between South Division Avenue and North Hughey Avenue.

News 6′s helicopter hovered over the cloud of smoke and firefighters worked to douse the fire.

Barksdale said the building is abandoned and set to be demolished. At this time, firefighters are unsure what sparked the fire.

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