Structure fire closes St. Joe Ave. briefly

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A structure fire on Highland Avenue early Saturday morning shut down traffic on St. Joseph Avenue briefly. St. Joseph Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Bangerter said some people reported the building on fire east of the Avenue shortly before two a.m.

“It’s more of a lean-to, actually, from the old lumber yard back here,” Bangerter said. “We’ve had problems in the past with people living or squatting back there, but I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.”

“They didn’t have any evidence of it, but a few years ago we had a fire right behind this and there were some people living down there at the time,” he said.

Chief Bangerter said the first engine company to arrive at the scene put the fire out fairly quickly.

“The guys didn’t report anything unusual, basically a vacant building with no obvious source of the fire.” A fire inspector was called in to determine the cause of the blaze. Bangerter said there were no injuries.