Truck catches fire, spreads to chemical building

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by KMOV Web Producer

KMOV.com

Posted on January 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 22 at 7:49 PM

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(KMOV) -- A building at a company that makes explosive chemicals caught fire after a nearby truck erupted in to flames.

Fire crews were called to scene on Chouteau Avenue, just south of the Poplar Street Bridge and along the Mississippi River Saturday afternoon.  When crews arrived, smoke was billowing out of a large building.

The building belongs to a chemical company named Superior Solvents.  Crews worked cautiously because the company produces explosive chemicals like paint thinner, printing solvents and acetone.  It is not clear if the building housed these dangerous chemicals.

According to authorities, the fire started in a semi truck parked next to the building and the fire quickly spread.  News 4 reporter Maggie Crane was on her way to work and noticed the smoke.  She immediately called  9-1-1 to report the fire.

Fire Captain Dan Sutter said sprinklers kept the fire at bay and damage was limited to the building entrance.  No injuries were reported.

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