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Raw video: Three-alarm St. Louis market fire. Offensive operations abandoned.


This is from a fire overnight at an Afghan Market in the 3700 block of South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis. At 1:34 in the video above you will hear the switch from offensive to defensive operations and the call for a second alarm.

More from Andrew Scherer at KSDK-TV:

Flames and smoke have virtually destroyed a south St. Louis business. It was a fire that went to three alarms and required the efforts of nearly two dozen firefighters overnight.

The first bell was sounded around 12:30 a.m. at the Afghan Market in the 3700 block of South Grand Boulevard near Chippewa.

Fire officials arrived to a structure heavily involved in fire and began an immediate knockdown of the growing flames.  Buildings to the north and south of the burning structure were slightly affected by the intense heat, but were otherwise undamaged.

A cause for the blaze has not been pinpointed in the ongoing investigation. 

Fire damage to the Afghan Market is extensive with the contents appearing to be a total loss.  The business was a multi-faceted operation selling a variety of groceries and baked goods.

Officials say the roof of the single story structure collapsed onto the interior of the store and a rear wall of the building also collapsed.

A fire department official say 15 different pieces of fire apparatus were deployed to the fire scene.  There have been no reports of injuries to any firefighters or civilians at the fire scene.

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