Blaze destroys large Truman storage building

    The Kirksville Fire Department used its two aerial trucks to get Thursday afternoon's blaze under control. (John Garlock/KTVO)

    An afternoon fire destroyed part of a large storage building owned by Truman State University.

    At approximately 12:50 p.m., the Kirksville Fire Department was called to the scene on East La Harpe Street.

    Captain Joe Schilling told KTVO that smoke was rolling out of the east end of the building when crews arrived.

    He says employees had noticed smoke, and they tried to put out the blaze with three fire extinguishers, but the flames were too far out of control.

    The fire department used its two aerial trucks to get the fire extinguished.

    Flames heavily damaged about one-third of the large metal building.

    It was used for storage of the university's surplus furniture and other property including things like grass seed and soil.

    It is also where the school held its surplus auctions.

    A Truman employee told KTVO at the scene that it appears the fire started around the furnace, but officials are still investigating.

    They were able to start their investigation around 2:40 p.m. once all of the hot spots were put out.

    Authorities were going to call in an investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office to assist.

    Crews battled the blaze and the bitter cold for about two hours.

    No one was injured in the incident.

    Police closed down a section of East La Harpe Street for more than two hours. It reopened around 3:10 p.m.

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