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Thursday morning St. Robert fire wrecks hair salon in Copperfield Plaza
Thursday morning St. Robert fire wrecks hair salon in Copperfield Plaza

St. Robert firefighters climb into a roof to check for fire extension.
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (May 13, 2010) — Firefighters say they don’t yet know what caused a Thursday morning fire that damaged three businesses in Copperfield Plaza on Old Route 66 in St. Robert.

According to fire department spokesman Capt. Felton Shoemaker, the fire broke out about 8:40 a.m. in the Lifestyles Salon in the back of the eastern building of Copperfield Plaza and also affected the adjacent Craft Box store as well as the Flower Bin store at the front of the building.

The two-alarm fire brought several dozen firefighters to the blaze. Agencies on scene included Waynesville and St. Robert firefighters as well as firefighters from Crocker and Fort Leonard Wood.

“There’s a lot of crews and a lot of firefighters,” Shoemaker said. “St. Robert’s ladder truck arrived on the scene with smoke showing … as soon as crews arrived on scene, it became a second alarm commercial structure fire.”

The initial fire attack was made by St. Robert and Waynesville firefighters who saw heavy black smoke showing, and after entering the Lifestyles Salon, found the fire in the back of the building. Firefighters believe the damage extended into the roofline but were able to bring the blaze under control by 9:30 a.m., Shoemaker said. Fire crews remained on the scene doing structural rehabilitation and investigating the cause of the blaze, and as of late Thursday morning, Shoemaker said he didn’t know when fire investigators would complete their work.

Most of the damage was confined to the salon, Shoemaker said.

“There was minor fire extension damage to the Craft Spot next door and moderate smoke damage to Craft Box and Flower Bin,” Shoemaker said.

Fire crews on the scene included a ladder truck, command vehicle and engine from the St. Robert Fire Department, a command vehicle and engine from the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District, and one engine each from the Crocker Rural Fire Protection District and Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department.

Tri-County firefighters from Richland also came to the Waynesville station and Lebanon city firefighters with a ladder truck came to the St. Robert station to provide coverage in case of a second fire.

Other agencies on the fire scene included the Pulaski County Ambulance District and St. Robert personnel from the police, gas and electric departments.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, Shoemaker said, and no damage estimate was immediately available.

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