Hangar fire at Spirit of St. Louis Airport

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR)- A three-alarm-fire overnight guts part of a hangar at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield. Up to 12 small planes can be stored in the hangar where the fire started. Investigators tell us seven planes were inside when the fire happened and they all sustained some kind of damage.

Two of the planes sustained damage from the fire and five took on smoke damage. A car in the hangar was also damaged.

Firefighters received the call a little after 1 a.m. this morning.

The hangar where the fire happened is divided into two parts by a firewall- there is a south and a north side. The north section sustained the big damage- it is divided into 12 different units for small aircrafts.

Investigators believe the fire started in one of those units where a now damaged plane was being stored. Authorities think the fire started where there were some flammables and not on the plane itself.

Authorities say they had the fire knocked down once. Then it intensified a second time a second time, causing firefighters to be evacuated from the immediate area around the building. There was some risk of an explosion because of fuel in the planes but fortunately that did not happen.

Nobody was hurt.

An exact cause for the fire is still under investigation.

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