A fire last night at a Kingdom City truck stop destroyed a lube shop building and kept dozens of firefighters from Mid-Missouri agencies busy throughout the night. No one was injured in the blaze at the Petro Truck Stop at Interstate 70 and Highway 54. Firefighters from the North Callaway, Central Callaway and Millersburg fire protection districts were dispatched to the burning lube shop at about 8:15 p.m., North Callaway fire spokesman Sterling Mitchell said. In total, 35 firefighters and 10 firetrucks responded, he said.
The truck stop is part of the Westlake, Ohio-based Petro Stopping Centers. According to the company Web site, the truck stop’s lube shop had five service bays. The facility also features an Iron Skillet restaurant, a travel store and space for 235 trucks.
A worker who answered the phone today at the truck stop declined to comment.
Crews contained the blaze to the lube bay where tires, propane and diesel fuels threatened to spread the fire. All workers in the lube bay at the time of the fire escaped without injury.
Crews requested a foam truck from the Columbia Fire Department at about 8:30 p.m. to help battle the blaze because of flammable materials involved, Columbia fire Battalion Chief Steve Sapp said. Two Columbia firefighters and two senior officers responded and used about 100 gallons of the foam and water mixture.
“Foam is like a big blanket of shaving cream,” Sapp said. “It smothers the fire.”
The cause of the fire was still under investigation this morning.
Originally published by the Tribune’s staff.
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