Photos Captured the Horror as Massive Warehouse Fire Raged


An immense fire consumed a warehouse at 3937 Park Avenue in south St. Louis on Wednesday. Fighting the flames was an all-day effort, with the fire continuing to burn today. Fire Capt. Garon Mosby said Wednesday that firefighters had to fight the fire from the outside in, a tactic called "surround and drown," due to its intensity.

The building held a combination of offices and storage space, with everything from toys collected by the shriners to inventory for local Reedy Press being destroyed in the blaze (as well as some hazardous material — neighbors were warned to keep their windows shut and HVAC systems off last night).

More details: Massive Warehouse Burns in South St. Louis

But while the losses were serious, the billowing smoke was truly something to behold — both horrible and striking. Both amateur and professional photographers across the city took to social media yesterday to document what they witnessed, a series of jaw-dropping images recording the juxtaposition of yesterday's clear blue sky and some serious destruction. Caught, too, in their frames were the city's finest, working under tough conditions to keep the fire from spreading and keep Botanical Heights safe.

Here's a look at what your fellow St. Louisans saw throughout the day.

Smoke yesterday, smoke today.

A post shared by Paul Sorenson (@sorensonpaul) on

We can be Heroes

A post shared by Glen Wolf (@urbanxposure_) on

Spot the helicopter #stlfire

A post shared by Ryan Albritton (@chouteaufarmer) on


A post shared by Drew Nikonowicz (@drew_nikonowicz) on

Creeping on a fire in Botanical Heights neighborhood today. Still burning tonight.

A post shared by darthdoe (@darthdoe) on

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.