Winds fuel fire at St. Louis restaurant

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Winds help fuel a fire at a restaurant just northwest of downtown St. Louis Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to the scene of the Hit Zone Bar & Grill at Jefferson and Dr. Martin Luther King caught fire around 9:40am.

Crews were initially battling the 1st alarm fire from the inside but were evacuated when the building began to show signs of collapse. Firefighters moved to a defensive, outside stance and were able to get the fire under control.

The St. Louis Fire Department said the fire became trapped in the ceiling of the recently renovated building, helping it to spread. Gusty winds carried smoke across downtown St. Louis.

Just last month, three people were wounded when gunshots were fired from the street into the bar.

The Hit Zone has reportedly been open for about a year.

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