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BONNE TERRE — Fire destroyed a storage building on Holekamp Do-It Center’s property Thursday night but firefighters were able to limit the damage to nearby storage buildings.

The fire was discovered at about 10 p.m. Bonne Terre Fire Chief Matt Barton said when he got there from his house the fire was already through the roof of the metal storage building, which is located down the road from the Holekamp store on North Division Street. He said two or three minutes after his arrival the roof was starting to collapse.

He said due to all the contents and the danger of the fire spreading to two nearby storage buildings, he asked for a second alarm to be dispatched to get additional manpower and equipment.

Barton said he couldn’t begin to guess how much lumber was in that storage building. He believed there was also a tractor inside.

The fire did begin to spread to one of the nearby buildings but firefighters were able to get it “knocked down real quick” before it did too much damage.

Considering the contents of the building, he feels firefighters did a pretty good job of keeping the fire from spreading. He said their biggest concern was keeping it from spreading to the building containing roofing shingles a short distance away — close by but not as close as the other two buildings.

The chief expected firefighters would be at the scene for quite awhile due to how the lumber was stacked and banded from shipping.

Electric and utilities were connected to the buildings. The state fire marshal’s office has been contacted to determine how the fire started.

The actual store itself was not damaged.

Teresa Ressel is the assistant managing editor for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3613 or


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