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Clearwater firefighters battle furniture store blaze off S Missouri Avenue

Heavy smoke was reported pouring out of GreenBenches & More. Traffic was blocked on S Missouri Avenue.

CLEARWATER — Firefighters brought a fire at a furniture store under control on Tuesday night that resulted in traffic on S Missouri Avenue being blocked in both directions, according to Clearwater Fire and Rescue.

The fire was reported at about 7:32 p.m. The caller said heavy smoke was pouring out of GreenBenches & More at 528 S Missouri Ave.

Emergency units arrived and and shut down southbound S Missouri Avenue near Court Street.

Police said the business was empty when the fire started. It was reported to be under control late Tuesday, firefighters said. A firefighter was taken to Morton Plant Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries but was expected to be released. The northbound lanes of S Missouri Avenue were reopened Tuesday night.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation. No other details about the fire were released by officials.