ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than 100 firefighters are still on the scene of a massive warehouse fire in the city’s Botanical Heights neighborhood.
Crews were first called this morning to the 3900 block of Park for a fire that started in the basement and quickly spread — a wall collapsed and damaged a firetruck that was unoccupied.
The building is about a block-by-half-block in size.
St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby says there’s now a new concern about getting it under control.
“150,000 candles that we just learned were at this end of the building, which may be directly contributing to the intensity of this fire,” he says.
Mosby says they’re getting mutual aid from several departments — some are backfilling city stations so there aren’t coverage gaps elsewhere.
One warehouse worker was injured, as was one firefighter.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
St. Louis firefighters are on the scene of a huge five-alarm warehouse fire in the 3900 block of Park.
The fire started in the basement of the multi-use building, where a significant amount of magnesium is stored.
The building partially collapsed, damaging a fire engine in the process.
Fire officials are concerned that because of the building’s contents, the smoke may be more toxic — they have advised nearby SLU and Cardinal Glennon hospitals to turn off their HVAC systems.
One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and a couple firefighters reportedly suffered minor injuries.
The initial call went out about 10:30 a.m.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.