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St. Louis (KSDK) - Dozens of firefighters battled a south St. Louis warehouse fire in the 3400 block of Juniata.

The first call for the fire was at 2:36 a.m.Thursday in a warehouse. The fire quickly spread to neighboring buildings.

Portions of the warehouse building collapsed early on in the efforts to get the fire under control, and smoldering rubble was strewn onto the sidewalk and street. Witnesses say they heard several explosions during the height of the blaze.

NewsChannel 5's Ryan Dean spoke to a man who owns the building. Hesaid the building housed a boat motor works business for many years until closing over10 years ago. The building was most recently used as a storage facility for an auto repair shop.

Twohomes located next to the burning warehouse and four homes to the north of the warehouse werealso damaged by the flames and heat of the fire.

One neighbor who lives four to five feet away from the buring warehouse said the heat melted the kitche in his home.

Twenty neigbors were evacuated because of the fire.

Several overhead power lines were also damaged in the raging fire, and several hundred customers were without electricity for a time, but quick utility work helped cut that number to under a hundred customers before 5:00 a.m. Power was restored to all customers by 3 p.m.

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Fire investigators will try to determine what started the fire, but it may be difficult to determine because of the extensive damage.

At this time, there are no reports of injuries.

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