A fire damaged the building that houses Peel Wood Fired Pizza in O’Fallon on Sunday.
O’Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders said the fire started in a dumpster and that no one was injured during the incident.
The staff of Peel, wearing their black uniforms, were all gathered on the grass opposite the building.
“We just saw smoke and got out of the building,” one employee said.
The exterior on the south side of the building at 104 S. Cherry St. was visibly damaged by fire and water. The extent of the damage inside is unclear.
Lebanon, Troy and Fairview Heights fire departments were assisting O’Fallon. The fire was put out in about 30 minutes.
Firefighters continued to work, using chainsaws to cut into the second story of the building as they checked for embers or other smoke-causing materials in the walls.
At the time firefighters were at the Peel restaurant fire scene, an off-duty fireman reported on an emergency scanner that there was a second dumpster fire, this one nearby at Second and Lincoln streets. Fire officials are investigating.
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