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Radio calls chronicle most stressful moments of warehouse fire

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The Park Warehouse Service building continued to burn Thursday morning (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department) The Park Warehouse Service building continued to burn Thursday morning (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department)
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Radio calls between St. Louis firefighters reveal the bravery and quick thinking that helped avoid a tragedy.

The first call for a warehouse fire on Park Ave came out around 10:30 Wednesday morning.  Fire Truck 14 was among the first on the scene.

“We have a fire in the basement of a one block by half block square warehouse. We have a big line off, attempting to locate the fire,” said a firefighter.

Firefighters immediately went into the building and on the roof. Radio transmissions reveal a fast growing problem with smoke.

“The volume and quality of the smoke issuing from the vent, it’s much worse and now we’re getting smoke on the other side of the partition wall down the middle,” one call said.

Some 37 minutes after arriving, the call came out for everyone to get out of the building.

“All companies on the scene, 3937 Park, evacuate the building. All companies on the scene, evacuate,” another call said.

It was only 10 minutes later when the flames raced through the giant building, and a collapsed wall crushed part of truck 14.

“Go ahead command, we’ve had a catastrophic collapse of the building, we’re gonna conduct an immediate mark,” a call said.

Nobody was injured in the collapse. Truck 14 was able to be driven away.

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