Fire destroys tire and auto store in South St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Mehlville firefighters faced multiple challenges Wednesday as they battled a fire at Mac’s Tire and Auto Shop on Tesson Ferry Road. The business was destroyed, but no one was injured.

The initial source of the fire is believed to be a car that caught fire inside the store, according to the Mehlville Fire Protection District.

“The smoke was pretty thick,” Mehlville Deputy Fire Chief Dan LaFata said. Piles of tires helped fuel a fire that disrupted traffic on Tesson Ferry for more than two hours.

Nick Cosic was working in the area and saw firefighters battling the blaze.

“They kept pouring so much water into it and it didn’t seem to go out,” he said. Cosic credited firefighters with stopping the blaze from spreading and doing even more damage.

There is a fire station across from the tire store. LaFata said the crew was on another call when the department received the call for a car fire. When first responders arrived, the building was in flames.

Other hazards included burnt power lines and extreme cold. LaFata said, “This one went to a second alarm and it brought in units from Fenton and Saline Valley. We are simply using the additional manpower and personnel to reinforce our positions.

Firefighters found nothing suspicious about the fire and are classifying it as accidental. Nick Patterson, the owner of Nic’s CBD and Vape, expressed his gratitude for the work of the firefighters and was relieved to hear that no one was injured. He said, “It sure could have hurt a lot of people.”

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