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No one was hurt, he added.
The building contained the Antique Drapery Rod Co. and other smaller businesses, Lavender said. The area is along the north bank of the Trinity River and just south of the World Trade Center on Interstate 35E.
Firefighters initially tried to aggressively fight the fire but were forced to retreat "to a defensive posture" and simply try to contain it, Lavender said in a statement.
"Portions of the roof eventually collapsed," he said.
Investigators on Tuesday had not yet determined what caused the fire, Lavender said. The building was not yet safe to enter.
"Right now we're still squirting water on the hot spots," Lavender said. "We want to make sure this fire doesn't rekindle."
Photos by Lauren Padgett
Written by Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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