DE SOTO, Mo. – Around 5:30 Sunday evening the De Soto Fire Protection District got a call that a building along Main Street was starting to collapse.
The front of the building is a frozen foods store called Barney’s Foods. Above there where the collapse happened is apartments.
De Soto Fire Protection District Lt. Paramedic John Scullin said no one was living in the apartments. They were recently sold to new owners and it looks like they may have been in the process of fixing them up.
He said the building itself is at least 110 years old and the age of it alone most likely lead to the collapse.
The Rock Community Fire Protection District out of Arnold is in in lead on the scene. Scullin said they have a very advanced urban rescue team and they are going to shore up the structure.
Fire crews also sent a drone into the building to look at thermal imagery and normal vision. Scullin said they did not see signs of anyone inside.
The rescue team will start shore the building from the rear. Scullin said it will likely be an all-night operation.