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.