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Historical District Fire Under Investigation in St. Joseph

Two St. Joseph firefighters were injured battling a fire at a downtown apartment complex.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Two St. Joseph firefighters were injured last night after responding to a downtown fire on the 1600 block of Francis Street just before 9:00 P.M. Monday night.

While working to put out the fire, one firefighter was transported to Heartland Hospital and another was treated for minor injuries.

Despite the injuries, crews had the fire under control by 10:30 P.M. and are now investigating the cause of the blaze.

Accord to Paris Jenkins, the Battalion Chief of the St. Joseph Fire Department, after they hit the seed of the fire on the first floor, it spread into the ceiling before spreading from the east side of the apartment complex to the west side.

Only one apartment in the five unit building was occupied and no residents were home when the first broke out.

A spokesperson from the Fire Department says the location is in a historical district in town.

The Fire Department also says damages are estimated at around $70,000.

Stay with KQ2 for updates on this developing story.
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