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Firefighters battle 3-alarm warehouse fire in North City

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Firefighters at Leffingwell and University after a three-story building caught fire Tuesday (Credit: KMOV) Firefighters at Leffingwell and University after a three-story building caught fire Tuesday (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Firefighters were called to a three-alarm warehouse fire in north St. Louis Tuesday morning.

80 firefighters were called to a large three-story warehouse at Leffingwell and University around 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the St. Louis Fire Department.

Large embers were seen flying off of the building while firefighters moved into a defensive stance. Some of the embers landed on a neighboring building, at which time firefighters sprayed it with water to extinguish it.

Firefighters said they were concerned about the building collapsing. They also said the building division will come out and condemn the structure following the fire.  No injuries were reported.

"These buildings are dangerous," said St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby.

Residents on the block say the warehouse has been vacant for almost 20 years.

According to St. Louis Fire Dept. numbers, nearly half of all fires in the city last year were in vacant buildings.

Capt. Mosby says he's part of a mayoral task force looking at reducing the thousands of vacant buildings in the city.

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