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The Mobile Gas Station in the 6800 block of North Hanley caught fire around 4 a.m. The Mobile Gas Station in the 6800 block of North Hanley caught fire around 4 a.m.

BERKELEY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Fire investigators are looking into what caused a north Saint Louis County Mobile Mart to go up in flames.  

The gas station is near I-70, just south of I-270 in the city of Berkeley. Officials say no one was hurt, but the damage is significant. 

Just after 4:00 a.m. this morning, a fire broke out in the 6800 block of North Hanley Road. 

The gas station was not open for business at the time, but the damage left behind is more than meets the eye. 

"They almost called it club mobile. Everybody comes to this particular mobile, you came for the chicken. It is what it is," says Anthony Lee, customer.

Lee says his wife works at the Mobile Mart and says this has not been an easy business for the owner to run. 

"The man had a hard time trying to stay open, plagued with problems. He had someone drive into the window about a week ago," said Lee. 

Officials say the gas station is no stranger to violence. In late 2014, it was the scene of an officer involved shooting and protests. 

 "I just wish all the violence and stuff would stop in Saint Louis and we can get everything together and do everything right. No reason to burn down the gas station," said Thomas Harlen, Berkeley resident. 

Many residents say the events like crime and the fire, define their community in a light they do not see as fair. 

"I've been here all my life, my kids are in this area and it's not what people think. The police are great, the mayor is great. Really nice community and we want it to get better in the future," said Brian Durris, Berkeley resident. 

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