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Second-alarm structure fire wrecks Dollar Store in downtown Richland
Second-alarm structure fire wrecks Dollar Store in downtown Richland

Firefighters work to extinguish a Monday evening blaze at the Dollar Store in downtown Richland.
RICHLAND, Mo. (July 5,2010) — A Monday afternoon second-alarm commercial structure fire has sent at least five area fire departments to downtown Richland where the Dollar Store in Richland has flames shooting through the roof.

Called in about 2:45 p.m., the blaze has shut down one of Richland’s major downtown routes, Pine Street. Firefighters from St. Robert, Waynesville, Hazelgreen and Crocker have joined the Tri-County Rural Fire Protection District from Richland in fighting the blaze.

By 3:30 p.m., ladder trucks from St. Robert and Tri-County had positioned themselves on Pine Street to pour water onto the roof of the downtown brick building, while other departments took up positions in front of and behind the store. Fort Leonard Wood firefighters were en route with a ladder truck to assist.

Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel are on scene for any medical needs, and Richland police are controlling traffic. Mark Twain REACT personnel have been called as well.

No information was immediately available regarding the cause of the blaze or any injuries, but two ambulances rather than the usual one have been called to the scene.
Additional departments from outside the county have been called for standby duty at area fire stations.

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