From the Marthasville Fire Protection District
A passerby called for a smoke investigation in the area of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church Thursday, Dec. 3, at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Upon investigation, the Marthasville Fire Protection District (MFPD) found a building adjacent to the school fully engulfed.
A first alarm was sounded, then the incident was upgraded to a second alarm, with the possibility of the fire spreading to the school.
The fire in the church’s fry shed was brought under control at 8:30 p.m. with more than 50 firefighters on scene. Thank you to mutual aid partners from Augusta, MO Community Volunteer Fire Department, New Melle Fire Protection District, Union Fire Protection District, and for extending your help. Thank you to Boles Fire Protection District for covering our station and Hawk Point Fire Protection Dist. for covering Warrenton. Also a big thanks to the Marthasville Community Ambulance District and the Warren County Sheriff's Department for standing by on scene. Thank you to the Warren County Emergency Communications Center for the great work you do helping us coordinate incident response. We appreciate Ballmann Earthworks LLC for knocking down the damaged building to help secure the scene. Thank you also to MFPD auxiliary members for your support. The fry shed was a complete loss. The cause of the fire was listed as undetermined and accidental according to the State Fire Marshall.
Editor’s note: St. Vincent School suffered some heat related damage to the southwest corner of the building. School was called off on Friday, Dec. 4, but classes resumed Monday, Dec. 7. Fortunately, no one was injured and the fire was contained to the fry shed.
Courtesy Marthasville Fire Protection District.