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Area departments battle blaze that destroys Cahokia business

By on April 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Columbia firefighters assist at the scene of a fire at 313 Jerome Lane in Cahokia on Wednesday. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Columbia firefighters assist at the scene of a fire at 313 Jerome Lane in Cahokia on Wednesday. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Columbia, Waterloo and Prairie du Pont were among several fire departments assisting Cahokia with a fire to a recently shuttered cleaning business at 313 Jerome Lane on Wednesday afternoon.

Flames broke out inside the former Cahokia Cleaners building shortly after 12:30 p.m.

Firefighters continued to battle heavy flames and smoke for a few hours. There is no word on what caused the blaze or if there were any injuries.

The Columbia Fire Department used its platform truck to attack the flames from high above the structure.

The Waterloo Fire Department supplied its tanker truck and additional manpower during the fire.



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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.