ST. LOUIS–A warehouse in St. Louis partially collapsed as fire crews battled a five-alarm blaze Wednesday morning
Firefighters reported a partial collapse of the Park Warehouse Service shortly after 11:30 a.m., where at least 80 firefighters were working to extinguish a blaze that began more than an hour earlier.
According to fire officials, plastics in the basement of the warehouse caught fire. Fire department officials said, in vague detail, that the fire contains hazardous material. They are advising people to avoid breathing in the smoke. Initially, it was reported there were drums of magnesium in the basement of the fire, but that was later deemed to be inaccurate. Fire department spokesman Garon Mosby said details were still unavailable about what materials may be burning and advised residents to shelter in place and turn off their HVAC units.A hazmat team has been called to the area because of the magnesium but it was believed the fire has not reached the pallets.
Just after 10:45 a.m., fire officials reported that a worker was taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation.
A firefighter on the scene told KMOV News 4 two firefighters were transported from the scene. One of the firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and it is currently unknown what injuries the other sustained. The official said the injuries are not believed to be serious.