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UPDATED: Firefighters treated after fire

Five firefighters were treated after fighting a fire at Brothers Auto Salvage and Recycling outside of Potosi.

Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said five firefighters were transported to the hospital early Tuesday evening. He said four had suffered extreme heat exhaustion while one was treated for high blood pressure. He said fortunately it was nothing serious but the heat exhaustion was concerning. 

The sheriff had helped shuttle firefighters off of the property to ambulances set up outside of the yard. He had limited information at that time. 

“At this point from what I understand, it started as a single vehicle fire and it quickly spread to a pile of scrap cars,” said Jacobsen. “It was a large stack of scrapped vehicles at Brothers Salvage and the fire quickly spread to more cars.”

Jacobsen explained the road there is a narrow private gravel road that separates three different sections of scrap yard owned by the same people.

“It is difficult and rough for the vehicles to get in and out,” Jacobsen said earlier in the evening. “So with the use of my truck and the ambulance district’s off-road vehicle, we are shuffling injured firefighters and worn-out firefighters to and from the scene.”

The salvage yard is a half a mile north of the 911 center and three miles outside the city of Potosi.

Five firefighters are taken to the hospital for treatment after fighting a fire at a local salvage yard. Four suffered extreme heat exhaustion, according to the sheriff. 

Five firefighters are taken to the hospital for treatment after fighting a fire at a local salvage yard. Four suffered extreme heat exhaustion, according to the sheriff. 

Several area fire departments are battling a blaze at Brothers Auto Salvage & Recycling just outside of Potosi.

Several area fire departments are battling a blaze at Brothers Auto Salvage & Recycling just outside of Potosi.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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