Sunniland Patio Furniture: Cause of store fire still unknown

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- Palm Beach County firefighters searched through the charred remains of the Sunniland Patio furniture store Thursday

The fire started around 9:30 Wednesday night in the 4100 block of Okeechobee Boulevard. The roof of the building collapsed just before 5 a.m. Flames finally died down about a half hour later.

Authorities initially shut down several blocks of Okeechobee Boulevard so Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews could bring their hoses across the busy roadway.

When firefighters got the initial call, they were told there was thick smoke and large flames coming from the building. 

Flammable material inside the building made it difficult to put the fire out.

Sunniland has been in its present location for ten years.

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The store was closed when the fire started, but some employees were still inside. They got out safely.

"This is a lifetime of stuff.. so this is not a good day," owner John Bender said. "It's a family business, my sons and myself and my wife... and now it's just, you know, up in smoke."

Investigators say they might not be able to determine the cause of the fire until next week.



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