Thirty members of the Pettis County Volunteer Fire Department battled a fire Sunday afternoon at an automobile sales yard that injured one firefighter and destroyed a single structure.
The building, located at in the 17000 block of Hwy Y, was believed to contain two semi-tractor trailers and other automotive parts and equipment according to Mark Stevenson, fire captain for the department.
One Pettis County firefighter was transported by private vehicle to Bothwell Regional Health Center.
“We had to send one of our men to the hospital to be treated for a possible concussion,” Stevenson said. “He was injured at the scene and at this time I do not know the extent of his injuries but as soon as I leave the scene I will go to the hospital to check on him.”
Both the building and contents were believed to be a total loss.
“We’ve been fighting the weather and that has made this extremely difficult to put the blaze out,” Stevenson said. “We’ve got eight trucks out here but they keep freezing up on us.”
“We called the La Monte and Green Ridge Departments in for mutual aid and members from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department, PCAD (the Pettis County Ambulance District and MoDOT have also been help to assist,” Stevenson said. “We went ahead and made the determination to send La Monte and Green Ridge back home before their truck froze up as well.”
With temperatures in the single digits for most of the afternoon, the weather proved to be a factor in battling the fire.
The call of the fire came in to the department at 11:41 a.m. and the first volunteers and trucks were on the scene of the fire by 11:49 a.m.
The State Fire Marshall was also on site to begin the investigation of the fire but at this time, no reports as to the cause of the blaze were available.
Members of the MSHP and the sheriff’s office were at the scene to direct traffic as a portion of Hwy. Y (West 16th St.) was closed near Camp Branch Road west of Sedalia to Hwy. 127 for several hours.
MoDOT was also on hand to salt and blade the highway after a portion was covered in ice due to water from the hoses.
Firefighters remained on the scene over five hours to extinguish the fire.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484