ROLLA, MO. (KTVI) – Just after 5:45 am Thursday, a 2 alarm fire broke out at the AutoZone off 505 Highway 72 in Rolla, Missouri. Three fire departments were called in to fight the blaze; the Rolla Fire & Rescue, Rolla Fire Protections District and the St. James Rural Fire Protection District sent a combined force of 35 firefighters to the scene.
Due the heavy damage the building had taken in the first 30 minutes of the fire, all firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building, due to concern of the structure collapsing.
The fire was then attacked and extinguished by using a backhoe and jackhammer to punch holes in the wall of the building to pump in water.
The fire was declared under control shortly after 9:00 am.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was called to check if any contaminates from the structure had entered the storm water system.
At this time, the fire has been determined to be suspicious and incendiary in nature.
Damage to the business is estimated at $1 million dollars.