Florida’s newest apartment towers are set to go into flames in the coming weeks, the state said Friday, and it’s the latest in a string of costly and devastating fires that have left thousands homeless and shuttered hundreds of businesses.
The state said in a statement that a fire broke out Tuesday at the historic Old State House, an area of Florida’s Orange and Osceola Counties that sits atop a cliff that rises nearly 2,500 feet above sea level.
It has been under construction for years, and was due to be completed in 2018.
It will remain under construction until 2021.
A fire broke on the site Tuesday, destroying a portion of the structure, but firefighters extinguished the flames in about 10 minutes, according to the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.
The Old State house sits atop the cliffs of Florida, where the Florida Panhandle is a vast, inland waterway that runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean.
It sits atop steep cliffs that have long been used as a lookout, but now are dotted with the remnants of the old structures of the 1800s.
The fires have caused the closure of thousands of businesses in the area, leaving many struggling to survive.
A woman walks past the ruins of a former office building at the site of a fire on the Old Statehouse in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday.
A new office building was built on the former office site and the building is still under construction.
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)A state inspector with the Florida Fire Protection Agency said the fire is being investigated as a natural disaster, and a state investigation is underway.
The fire was reported about 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Old City Club, located about 10 miles from the Old House.
It took firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the blaze, and they said the building had not been damaged.
The fire is the latest setback to Florida’s housing boom, which has been building in recent years and has seen a dramatic increase in construction in the state.
The nation’s fifth-largest economy, which relies on tourism to boost its economy, has seen more than 20 new construction projects announced since March, according the Florida Office of Economic Development.
The state is now home to more than 600,000 people.
The building at Old State was originally built in the 1800-1900s, and the old buildings at the scene are in the process of being demolished.
But there is some question about whether or not the Old Firehouse is still there.
In 2014, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to tear down the historic buildings.
A year later, the legislature amended the bill to make it clear that any future demolition could be considered a natural catastrophe, meaning any buildings that are deemed historic could be destroyed as well.