Crews battle early morning fire at business

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 3:07 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2021 at 7:50 AM CDT
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DELTA, Mo. (KFVS) - More than a dozen fire departments responded to an early morning fire at a business in Delta, Missouri on Tuesday, July 27.

When crews arrived shortly after 1 a.m., smoke could be seen coming from Bud’s Air Compressor Service located at 317 East State Street.

Flames could also be seen coming out of the eves of the metal roof.

According to Delta Fire Chief Alvin Frank, the fire is contained to one building and currently there is not a concern it will spread.

Crews went into defensive mode at 3:15 a.m. and started working on hot spots at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Chief Frank said fighting the blaze has been difficult due to concrete walls boxed in by metal siding.

He believes the building has been remodeled several times.

The chief went on to explain that there are layers of materials in the way that firefighters need to get to in order put out any potential hot spots.

At the height of the fire, one woman who lives next to the business hoped firefighters would be able to keep the flames contained to the business.

“This is, this is crazy,” said Susan Culp. “That is too close for comfort. And all those vehicles back there I’m worried about any flame or anything getting to it, because then its going to go boom.”

No injuries have been reported, but Chief Frank is concerned about firefighters suffering from heat exhaustion.

“Well the guys get tired, this gear is hot, you just get, you’re hot,” explained Frank. “Everybody works all day and is up half the night fighting the fire. You’re just exhausted.”

Members of the Delta, Gordonville, Millersville and Cape Girardeau Fire Departments are on the scene.

More fire crews were requested.

Crews from North Cape County Fire District and Scott County Rural Fire Protection District arrived shortly after 4 a.m.

Additional crew from Oran and Fruitland, Advance, Whitewater, Chaffee, Perkins Fire Departments and East County Fire Protection District also responded.

“Mutual aid is a very important factor in the services today I mean everyone’s down on numbers of people and we all need help,” said Frank.

What sparked the fire is unknown at this time.

Highway 25 at Liberty Street was closed a few hours to traffic to allow crews to battle the fire. The highway was reopened shortly before 7:30 a.m.

Multiple crews battled a fire at Bud's Air Compressor Service in Delta, Mo. early Tuesday...
Multiple crews battled a fire at Bud's Air Compressor Service in Delta, Mo. early Tuesday morning, July 27.(Source: KFVS/Jordin Wyatt)

Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, deputies with the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office and members of the Cape Girardeau County Ambulance also responded to the fire.

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