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Firefighter injured after large chemical fire in south St. Louis County

Firefighter injured after large chemical fire in south St. Louis County

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UPDATED at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with more information.

AFFTON — A firefighter was injured Thursday after a large chemical fire that led to evacuations in south St. Louis County.

The firefighter was taken to a hospital after overheating, said Lt. Matt Coppin of the Metro West Fire Protection District. His injuries are not life-threatening.

The fire began about 2:30 p.m. at Manor Chemical Company, 6901 Heege Road, near Marlborough. It was under control about 2 ½ hours later.

Everyone within a half-mile of the scene was evacuated.

Manor Chemical Co., founded in 1972, provides chemicals to automotive aftermarket companies, dry cleaners, paint and coating companies and industrial manufacturers. The company’s building is a total loss, said Affton fire Chief Nickolas Fahs.

Drone technology played a major role in fighting the fire, Fahs said.

Up to 10 chemicals may have been involved in the blaze, Coppin said earlier Thursday. Thirteen agencies responded to the scene.

A fire at a chemical company plant in the 6900 block of Heege in Affton is causing explosions and a large plume of smoke. Explosions can be heard in the audio of the video. Affton residents near the facility are being evacuated. Video by Huy Mach

The Red Cross provided assistance to evacuees at Affton Elks Lodge, 6330 Heege Road.

The Affton School District sent an alert saying students were being held in school beyond their dismissal time. Buses began loading students around 4:45 p.m.

A firefighter was injured Thursday after a fire at Manor Chemical Company, 6901 Heege Road in Affton.

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