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St. Louis firefighters are battling a five-alarm fire in the Botanical Heights neighborhood. A fire truck was crushed when a wall of the building collapsed about 11:30 a.m. sending a huge cloud of black smoke up into the air.

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The fire started about an hour earlier in the basement of the warehouse, located at 39th Street and Park Avenue. Firefighters had trouble containing the small fire in the smokey building, so it continues to grow.

As firefighters were instructed to evacuate the building, part of the building collapsed around 11:30 a.m.

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STL Today reports, “There was a whooshing sound and black smoke billowed out of the building’s doors and windows. Fire burst through the roof and a wall on the south side of the building collapsed onto a fire truck.”

As of now, there are no immediate reports of injury and the truck appeared to be empty at the time of the crash.

Our thoughts are with the community and the firefighters.

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