Blaze Engulfs Abandoned Warehouse in St. Louis

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March 20th, 2024

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At 6:00 a.m. on February 3rd, in downtown St. Louis, a massive blaze at an abandoned warehouse triggered a four-alarm response from over 80 firefighters. The 5-story warehouse and many other buildings in the area lay abandoned for a few years, leading to several unhoused individuals living in the vacant buildings, provoking this and potentially many other fires. Firefighters tackled the fire by surrounding the building and pouring water from the outside from six aerial streams. Officials believe that large amounts of paper fueled the fire. The building collapsed shortly after, thankfully without impacting any other building in its surroundings.

The smoke filled the skyline in the north downtown area.

Luckily, no injuries were reported, and officials will continue investigating how the blaze started. Once the investigation is complete, the fire department plans to prevent future vacant building fires. The electric utility, Ameren Missouri, shut off the power in the area, closing several local businesses for some time.

Only small amounts of exterior walls remain standing.

If you own a warehouse or an abandoned warehouse, Risk Logic has articles that can help you better understand how to prevent fires like this one. You may reference them here. Our experienced engineers perform supply property loss prevention surveys and provide recommendations to help keep your warehouse safe inside and out. Please contact Risk Logic for an inspection to help keep your idle and vacant facilities safe. 

As pictured above, many abandoned buildings existed here before the significant fire.