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Firefighter released from hospital after being injured during 4-alarm fire

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Firefighters battle a fire in frigid temperatures. (Credit: Bill Greenblatt/UPI). Firefighters battle a fire in frigid temperatures. (Credit: Bill Greenblatt/UPI).
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The firefighter who was injured during a 4-alarm fire in an abandoned building on the north riverfront was treated and released from the hospital.

The fire occurred after midnight Sunday in the 1200 block of Lewis Street. The initial call was a second-alarm fire at the St. Louis Refrigeration and Ice Company, a fire-story building that is currently abandoned. But, the severity of the fire was updated during the course of the effort to put out the flames. 

“First [crews] on the scene showed up and reported heavy smoke coming from an old cold storage warehouse,” St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said. “We got two people out of the building – two homeless people who had built a fire. They were burned and had smoke inhalation, we transported them to the hospital.”

Chief Jenkerson said the firefighter was burned on the face and likely suffered first and second degree burns.

“What we think happened was he was going in there to rescue the people who were trapped inside the building,” Chief Jenkerson said. “Something either fell down out of the ceiling that was on fire or he got close to the part of the building that was burning.  They were trapped behind an area of fires so they had to go around and get to them before they had the lines in place.  He’s okay.  He was taken to the hospital but he’s fine right now.”

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