Firefighters battle vacant building fire in north Springfield

Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 1:03 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Firefighters battled a building fire in north Springfield on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the building at National and Atlantic around 11 a.m.

Firefighters contained the fire to the one building. They fought the fire from the outside, saying it was too dangerous to enter. Investigators say utilities had been shut off to the vacant building. Battalion Chief Brian Athen said the building had multiple additions making it difficult to put out the flames. He said the number one priority was safety. Athen said multiple firefighters have lost their lives recently because of unsafe structures. Just recently, a St. Louis firefighter with Springfield ties was killed responding to a house fire.

“We have a saying in the fire service, we risk a lot to save a lot,” said Athen. “If we have confirmed people trapped we will risk our lives to save those lives. If it’s a vacant structure, we’re fairly confident no one was in, we’re not going to risk as much.”

The building is being demolished. The building is next to a Springfield Fire Station, which is a historic building. He said the fire didn’t spread to that building or any surrounding buildings.

Crews closed National Avenue as firefighters battled the fire for the majority of Wednesday afternoon.

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