Large warehouse fire in Sauget

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Pictured, the Columbia Fire Department ladder truck attacks the flames at the large warehouse fire at 1401 Mississippi Avenue in Sauget. (photo courtesy of Connor Hamilton Photography)

Several fire departments battled a large commercial warehouse fire at 1401 Mississippi Avenue in Sauget on Thursday afternoon and into the night.

A large plume of black smoke could be seen by motorists to the south of the blaze in Monroe County.

Among the departments assisting Sauget at the scene of the blaze included East St. Louis, Prairie du Pont, Columbia, Cahokia, Camp Jackson, Fairmount City, Hollywood Heights, St. Louis, Villa Hills, State Park and the Madison County Tanker Task Force. The Columbia Fire Department sent its ladder truck to assist in extinguishing the flames.

The Waterloo and Millstadt fire departments were also requested shortly after 3:45 p.m. to respond with tanker trucks.

St. Clair County Special Emergency Services also responded to the scene. The fire originated in one of the buildings of an 18-unit warehouse complex.

The Valmeyer Fire Department stood by at Columbia’s engine house.

At 5 p.m., the Hecker, Maeystown, New Athens, Smithton and Freeburg fire departments were requested for use of their tankers at the scene.

At least five of the 18 warehouse bays appeared to be ravaged by the blaze. Among the tenants included small businesses that stored items inside.

Fred Garcia, owner of Garcia Restorations, told FOX2 News that firefighters were able to save 20 classic cars he had stored inside the warehouse worth an estimated $10 million.

Tenants of the warehouse believe the building is over 100 years old.

For a video from the scene, click here.

Pictured is the aftermath of the fire, which destroyed five bays of an 18-unit warehouse complex in Sauget. Burnt cars can be seen among the contents damaged in the inferno.
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