Early video above from FirstAlarmPhotos STL taken at yesterday’s (Monday) afternoon’s four-alarm fire in the 1900 block of Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. Below is a time-lapse of the fire from Jamie Farley.
Fire Capt. Garon Mosby said the first units to arrive entered the building but were ordered out as the “fast-moving” fire spread quickly inside.
Mosby said it was too early to learn a cause for the blaze. He said the building utilities had been shut off, and said it was possible that vagrants had set fires inside to keep warm.
But he and police commanders said no one had seen anyone flee the building.
Rothschild Development Co. owns it and planned to renovate it into 34 apartments with an open interior courtyard.