April 2, 1976: Downtown St. Louis firestorm

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KSDK -- It was the biggest fire in the history of St. Louis.. and grew into a true firestorm.

Eleven big buildings were destroyed or largely destroyed as a stiff wind compounded the fire , which started around 4:00 p.m. on April 2, 1976.

It began in a vacant warehouse at Twentieth and Locust.  It was vacant for years and had been the scene of a five alarm fire not long before.

Firemen and city officials said it was an outrage the warehouse had not been torn down.

Thanks to a swift evacuation by police and firemen, there were no deaths.

The fire department lost a pumper truck that had to be abandoned as the fire grew.

The fire stretch from Olive to Washington and 19th to 21st Streets.

When the fire was finally out after more than three hours, seven firemen were treated for injuries at Barnes.


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