Fire at former Eime Hardware store looked serious, but results in little damage


Photo by Larry Saylor

The St. Louis County Police Department and the Mehlville Fire Protection District are shown at the scene of the fire at the vacant building that was once Eime Hardware Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

Fire agencies from throughout the area responded over the weekend to a fire at the vacant building at 11500 Concord Village Ave. that was once Eime Hardware store and more recently a pawn shop, but the fire was contained with no major property damage or injuries to anyone.

A call came in to the Mehlville Fire Protection District around noon Saturday, Feb. 20, for smoke coming from the vacant building, which is next to Dave’s Diner, Sunshine Daydream and Heyde Sewing Machine Company. Crews began attacking the fire, which was on a mezzanine at the back of the 9,500-square-foot structure.

The incident commander requested a second alarm, which leads to backup from other fire departments, due to the extremely cold weather conditions, said Mehlville Fire Assistant Chief Dan LaFata. Among the multiple agencies responding were Affton and Fenton.

No injuries were reported to first responders or civilians, and there was little structural damage to the building, LaFata said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

The building had been for sale and was just sold Oct. 19.

Onlookers are shown standing by as firefighters work on the fire at the vacant building that was once Eime Hardware and most recently a pawn shop at 11500 Concord Village Ave., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (Photo by Larry Saylor)
This photo of the former Eime Hardware store pre-fire was posted on the real-estate site where the building was listed ahead of its October 2020 sale.