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July 26, 2013

Old Herald building smoking, thanks to Burn Notice

Vacant since May, the Miami Herald’s former headquarters attracted some spy action Friday that caused some real-life fire worries.

No, the old Miami Herald building is not burning down. At least not in real life.

Burn Notice, the USA spy series filming its final season, took over the abandoned Herald headquarters this week to shoot part of its series finale. On Friday, black smoke began billowing out of the building’s western wall facing 14th Street, and pictures of the action promptly began popping up on Twitter shortly after 2 p.m..

“For a second it appeared the old @MiamiHerald building was on fire. Nope. It’s #BurnNotice filming,’’ CBS 4 correspondent David Sutta tweeted, including a picture of the smoke looming over the nearby Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, which sits across from the old Herald site.

Natalie Leon, a public relations executive, was at her nearby condo building when she heard sounds of trouble from the former One Herald Plaza.

“I was working from home today. I was on the computer and heard this big bang,’’ Leon said around 3 p.m.. “You could see all of this fire. They’re pretty much done now.”

Genting, a Malaysian casino company, purchased the Herald building in 2011 and rented it to the media company until the Herald moved to its current Doral headquarters in May.

A Genting spokesman, Aaron Gordon, said Burn Notice is using the old Herald home for the final episode of the season, which will also be the final episode of the series. USA Network, which airs the popular show, annouced in May that Burn Notice would not be returning for an eighth season once the current one ends in the fall.

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