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Fire rages through Poplar Bluff business

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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Fire could be seen for quite a distance Wednesday night coming from Dale's Motorcycle Center in Poplar Bluff.

Poplar Bluff Fire Chief Ralph Stucker says they received the fire call at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday from a driver on Westwood Blvd. who saw the smoke and flames and called it in.

Stucker says crews were on the scene until 3:30 Thursday morning.

Dale's is located at 1959 South Westwood Boulevard in Poplar Bluff, just south of the 53 intersection.

Thursday the Fire Department, Fire Marshall, and ATF officers investigated the cause of the fire, but said it would be a couple of days before they have an answer.

One of the problems they faced was the safety of the building structure. The roof actually started to cave in during the fire, and investigators feel it is unsafe until they remove those parts.

Stucker says as of now, they do not consider the fire to be suspicious. He says it started at the back of the building.

Jim Richardson works across the street, and says the smoke smelled oily and rubbery, and he heard small explosions, from what he thinks were tires or gas tanks.

"I came curious as to why we were hearing all the sirens, and look across the road and could just see billowing and billowing clouds of black smoke. Could not see the building. There were already a lot of fire department and emergency vehicles, and police cars there. Traffic had slowed, at times the road was obscured by smoke, and that dense billowing smoke continued for about two hours," said Richardson.

"First truck arrived they had flames coming through the roof of the building toward the back, the front windows were blown out, whenever I arrived they had flames coming from the back of the building to about mid-way on the North side," said Stucker.

Stucker says no one was hurt.

Besides large flames, firemen had another obstacle in fighting the fire. When they shot water onto the fire, it froze on the ground, making the area slippery and hard to work in.

Stucker says the fire department encourages businesses to get fire alarms, because he says this business did not have one, and it could get firefighters to the scene sooner.

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Fire could be seen for quite a distance Wednesday night coming from Dale's Motorcycle Center in Poplar Bluff.

This morning there are few details on the fire.  Heartland News has calls into the fire department and police department to get more information.

Dale's is located at 1959 South Westwood Boulevard in Poplar Bluff, just south of the 53 intersection.

Many viewers emailed and called the newsroom, some even sent pictures you can see at the side of this story.

We were told by viewers that flames could be seen coming through the roof of the building.

At this time we cannot report the extent of the damage, the cause or if anyone was injured.

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