South St. Louis grocery store collapses on firefighters during 3 - KMOV.com

South St. Louis grocery store collapses on firefighters during 3-alarm blaze

Posted: Updated:
By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer
By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer
By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer
By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer
By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

(KMOV)—Flames that started in a south city grocery store spread to two other buildings and destroyed the shop in an early Thursday morning blaze.

The 3-alarm fire broke out in Afghan Market, a Middle-Eastern grocery store, near the intersection of Grand and Chippewa around 12:30 a.m.

Fire officials believe it began in the back of the market, which is a total loss.

No injuries were reported, but authorities said the back half of the store collapsed while several firefighters were inside. They were all able to escape, and once a headcount was completed, they returned to the structure to continue working.

Flames were able to spread to the two buildings on either side of the store, causing smoke damage to both. Grand Auto was not otherwise destroyed, and the cars inside were unaffected. The building on the other side was vacant.

Officials say they got the fire under control around 2:00 a.m.

Powered by Frankly