Firefighters deal with bitter cold and several area fires

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Flames started a vacant warehouse just after midnight Sunday at O'Fallon and Lewis in St. Louis. Fire crews are still on the scene and they could be for some time.

The fire, at one point, went to four alarms. Much of the major fire has been put out but thick cork-like insulation is still burning.

Firefighters rescued two homeless people from inside the warehouse. One firefighter was hurt, suffering moderate second degree burns. Fortunately, he was treated and released from a hospital.

Crews have been working in four hour shifts so they are not out in the elements for too long. They also have a heated bus to keep them warm.

Crews from other departments have been busy as well. Firefighters in Florissant rushed to a house fire on emerald creek drive just before 2:30am. Investigators say flames started in a van parked in the garage then spread to the home`s laundry room. A mother and her three kids got out OK. while there is substantial damage, the home is not a total loss.

A little after 11pm Sunday firefighters in Ferguson raced to a two alarm fire at a home on Manor Lane in the Lake Pembrooke subdivison off North Florissant road. A passerby saw the fire and called it in. Ferguson Fire Chief Steve Rosenthal says when crews arrived, flames were already shooting through the roof.

Multiple fire crews fought the flames for about an hour before getting the fire under control. Fortunately, nobody was home and there were no injuries. Rosenthal says the fire was electrical in nature.