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East St. Louis business a ‘total loss’ after massive fire

Crews battle fire in East St. Louis

A fire erupted at Classic Tire across the street from Kiwi's Kitchen in the 1600 block of State Street in East St. Louis.
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A fire erupted at Classic Tire across the street from Kiwi's Kitchen in the 1600 block of State Street in East St. Louis.

Firefighters battled a structure fire at Classic Tire in East St. Louis late Wednesday night.

The fire continued to burn into the early morning hours of Thursday.

Derrick Burns, the assistant fire chief, said the cause of the fire was unknown and was under investigation.

“We have no idea right now, we’re just trying to keep it under control and contained at this point,” Burns said about the cause.

He said the building was a “total loss” and that the fire was contained about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, though it was not completely out.

The first call came in about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. There were no known injuries, but fire crews were unsure if anyone was in the building.

No other buildings were affected, despite earlier reports that the fire had spread.

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Firefighters spray water on flames as they try to extinguish a fire early Thursday morning at Classic Tire in East St. Louis. Kara Berg kberg@bnd.com

East St. Louis police and fire departments often use this tire shop for maintenance on their vehicles, Burns said.

The building is in the 1600 block of State Street across the street from Kiwi’s Kitchen.

Earlier Thursday morning as crews battled the fire, a power line behind the building also caught fire.

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Tires burn at Classic Tire in East St. Louis. Kara Berg kberg@bnd.com

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