December 02, 2007
Voting in Miami for Venezuelans was halted for two hours on Sunday due to a fire in the building that houses the consulate's Brickell Avenue office.
Voting resumed at 1 p.m., Miami fire officials said.
The fire broke out at 11 a.m. causing the building to be evacuated by Miami fire officials and voting stopped.
At the time, hundreds of Venezuelans were waiting in line to vote on the amendment questions in their country.
The fire broke out in an office on the 14th floor of the building at 1101 Brickell Ave. The consulate offices are on the third floor.
Miami Fire Lt. Chris Kaye said firefighters arrived to find the 14th floor fill with smoke.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. Some voters inline suspected foul play.
Voting for Venezuelans who live in the southern region of the United States was to take place Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.