Livestock auction barn goes up in flames in Stoddard County

Overnight fire destroys livestock auction barn near Puxico, MO
Published: Dec. 20, 2016 at 6:03 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2016 at 1:38 PM CST
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(Source: KFVS12 Robert Foote)
(Source: KFVS12 Robert Foote)

STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Fire crews from several districts worked to put out a fire in Stoddard County overnight.

The call went out just after 11:00 p.m. Monday about a fire at the B&H Livestock Market, just north of Puxico on MO-51.

Flames could be seen inside the building.

The Bloomfield Fire Chief says the flames were so intense, crews had to keep their distance.

Shortly after firefighters arrived they called for mutual aid to bring tanker trucks, because there was no ready source of water to fight the fire.

As of 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday the fire was under control.

The building is a complete loss.

Some firefighters had issues with their equipment because of the cold.

One firefighter was hurt, but not seriously. No word yet how he was injured.

No animals were hurt in the fire.

The fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause. However, at this time firefighters do not believe the fire is suspicious.

Firefighters from Puxico, Bloomfield and Dudley worked to put the fire out.

According to the Dexter Chamber of Commerce, the market used to be called the Puxico Livestock Barn, but is now called B&H Livestock Market.

We talked to one of the owners over the phone and he said the building was insured and they hope to rebuild. He said the building was very old and that he and his sister, the co-owner, bought it about a year ago.

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