A fire in downtown Trenton destroyed three buildings.
A large fire destroyed three buildings in downtown Trenton, after a fire broke out in the 600 block of Main Street, just across the street from the Trenton’s Law Enforcement Center at about 4:15 p.m., on Monday.
Destroyed was This n That Pawn Shop and Antiques, located at 611 Main St., and Cutz & Curlz, a hair salon, located at 613 Main St.. The Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Trenton Motor Vehicle and Driver License Office, which are both located at 617 Main St., also sustained damage.
At about 4:45 p.m. the Chillicothe Fire Department received a call from the Trenton Fire Department requesting mutual aid and the use of the aerial truck.
Upon arrival firefighters with the Trenton Fire Department directed the five responding Chillicothe firefighters to set up the aerial on the side of the structure. According the Chillicothe Fire Department Cpt. Les Hinnen, Firefighters used a 4” supply line from a hydrant and two, 3” lines from a Trenton pumper to supply water to the aerial.
There was extensive fire coming from two other sides of the structure as well as the roof. Crews
flowed 84,600 gallons of water from our truck, in addition the Trenton Fire Department had two pumpers and a aerial on the fire. All of the fire was fought from a defensive mode upon CFD arrival.
All three buildings involved in the fire were attached, two have collapsed and one has partially collapsed and all of the roofs have fallen in. The only business that was not a total loss was the Chamber of Commerce building.
The State Fire Marshals was notified and is conducting an investigation.
Other departments assisting included the Grundy County Rural Fire Department, Jamesport and Laredo fire departments. Other agencies, including the Grundy County Ambulance, Trenton Police Department, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Trenton Street Department, Trenton Municipal Utilities, Empire Gas Company, Grundy County Emergency Management and the CERT team also responded and offered assistance.
As of 8:30 a.m., Feb. 19, Trenton Fire Department crews had returned to the building due to flare ups, the State Fire Marshal was on the scene at that time.
Due to the fire parts of downtown Trenton have been blocked off and detour signs are in place to help direct traffic. Law enforcement is asking the public to avoid the area.