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3 firefighters injured in south city blaze

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Three firefighters were injured while battling a blaze in south St. Louis. Officials say the fire started around 7 a.m. at a vacant brick home on Wherry Avenue at Eichelberger Street.

While first responders worked to get to the attic where the bulk of the fire was, two fell into the basement when a stairwell collapsed under them. They were trapped and rescued. Another firefighter was electrocuted by live wires.

All three firefighters are expected to survive.

Fire investigators are just starting to look into what may have sparked the flames. Neighbors say no one has lived in the home for several months. Some of them told firefighters they heard a lightning strike late Thursday evening but it's still too soon to know if that is to blame.