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Early morning fire destroys business

An area business was destroyed after a fire broke out in the early morning hours Monday, burning it to the ground. Fire departments from several counties were called to assist after a second alarm was struck.

Potosi Fire Chief Roger Lachance said they were called to Coleman’s Repair Shop on Jaguar Road at 3:21 a.m.

“When we arrived there was heavy smoke coming from the eaves, doors and everywhere,” said Lachance. “We got set up and made a defensive attack on the fire. It went down to the ground pretty quick because there was a dump truck and vehicles inside.”

Lachance explained that while they were setting up hoses and connecting to water, flames starting pouring out of the building.

“It was heavy smoke and then it broke through and became fully involved,” said Lachance. “We made a defensive attack and didn’t go inside. The smoke and fire was just too heavy to get in there. Like I said, there was heavy smoke and by time we got set up it was engulfed in flames, they were coming through the roof and the doors.”

Lachance said there was a dump truck and shop equipment such as acetylene torches, oils, lubricants and more that was fueling the fire.

Departments which assisted Potosi included De Soto City, De Soto Rural, Hematite, Leadwood, Farmington, Irondale, Hillsboro, Cedar Hill and Desloge.

“We had De Soto’s ladder up and we needed the manpower and the water, which is why there were so many departments called out,” said Lachance. “We did strike a second alarm for those things.”

Due to the time of morning the fire occurred and since most fire departments throughout the area operate with volunteers, manpower is a common issue.

Lachance said they were on the scene until approximately 7 a.m. and notified the state fire marshal’s office to investigate, which is common practice when a business burns.

“He did come out and hasn’t made a determination yet,” said Lachance. “We don’t feel the fire was suspicious, but did call him out because it was a commercial fire.”

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An area repair shop was destroyed in an early morning fire. The business was a total loss.

An area repair shop was destroyed in an early morning fire. The business was a total loss.

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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