Fireworks Blamed for Several Overnight Fires

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -Firefighters across the St. Louis region scrambled to put out several blazes overnight Wednesday into Thursday, all blamed on fireworks. One of the largest was in North St. Louis City.  Firefighters rushed to North Newstead at Ashland around midnight Thursday.  They found flames eating away at a vacant house.  Crews needed the three ladder trucks to fight the fire that spread to a vacant business and another vacant house next door.  The first house collapsed, but firefighters kept damage to the other two buildings to a minimum. 

Crews rotated in and out to give their co-workers a break in the extreme nighttime heat.

As the sun came up Thursday, our newsroom got more numbers from local fire departments.  Washington Park in Illinois had 6 runs overnight.  North Central County Fire Protection, in North County, reported 25 or 30 fires.  East St. Louis, Illinois reported 33 fires that broke out between 9 and 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Supervisors and dispatchers said illegal fireworks may have started each of these fires.

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