St. Louis firefighters Impeded by Protesters, Rocks Thrown

June 02, 2020 - 8:45 am

In a brief conversation, St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson tells KMOX firefighters were delayed getting to major fires in St. Louis on Monday night due to protesters. Some threw rocks and debris at firefighters while trying to put out flames.

There were a number of fires on Monday, but the largest was the 7-Eleven on 17th and Pine Streets and Jenkerson says they were for a time unable to get to the fire. 

St. Louis Fire Chief tells @kmoxmaria firefighters were delayed getting to the 7-Eleven fire in downtown because they were impeded by protesters. He says there are other fires in St. Louis that firefighters are having trouble getting to due to protesters

— KMOX St. Louis News (@kmoxnews) June 2, 2020

"The reason they were delayed was because they were being impeded by protesters that were all throughout the area," KMOX's Maria Keena reports.

S. 17th & Olive - One story commercial; @7eleven Market - Fire Department’s response delayed due to an unsafe scene & various barriers. Heavy smoke and #fire showing upon our arrival. Defensive operations ongoing. No immediate injuries reported. #STLCity

— St. Louis Fire Dept (@STLFireDept) June 2, 2020

Once on the scene, the fire was put out within minutes.

While some firefighters were working to put out a fire at the Campbell House Museum on Locust and 15th Streets, rocks and other debris were thrown at the firefighters. Video of the incident could be seen on live video feeds and reports of the incident were heard over police scanners. The historic museum was built in 1851 and is in the middle of a $1.8 million expansion project, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

There are also reports of some gunfire in the area.

The rioters targeted the Campbell House Museum at Locust & 15th, setting scaffolding on fire #StLouisProtest

— Ryan Wrecker (@RyanWrecker) June 2, 2020

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