St. Louis Warehouse Fire a Challenge

Brain Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They had to brave steep, ice-covered streets, and string hoses for hundreds of yards – but St. Louis firefighters were able to knock down a three alarm warehouse fire along the Mississippi River, Sunday morning.

Standing near the scene at South Broadway and Ohio, fire chief Dennis Jenkerson told KMOX this was a blaze that really challenged his firefighters, “We started on the 4th floor and worked our way down to the first floor. It was a dangerous fire to fight. There were openings in the floor. We fought through heavy smoke. It was very difficult.”

From the west side, the complex looks like a one-story row of buildings, but they’re actually four stories tall.

They are warehouses, but at least one man was living inside. He wasn’t home Sunday morning, but his dog died.

Chief Jenkerson says the fire was started by a man using a wood stove to keep warm, but it got out of control.

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